According to 97.1 the Ticket’s Will Burtchfield, Henrik Zetterberg appeared on the “Jamie and Stoney Show” this morning, and Zetterberg suggested that his team will have to guard against something he deemed a “new normal”:
“Not playing playoff hockey sucks. That’s why we play hockey, you want to be there in the playoffs. Not being there the last two years has been hard, especially on the guys that are used to going to the playoffs. We don’t want it to become a new normal here. The normal here is making the playoffs, so it’s been hard,” Zetterberg told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.
Zetterberg, who turns 38 next month, did everything he could over the last few years to stem the tide. He gutted through 82 games for three straight seasons despite chronic back pain, and most nights was the team’s best player.
Why did he continue to suit up, even when it was hard at times to get out of bed in the morning?
“Well,” he said, “that’s what we hockey players do, I guess. You want to be out there for the guys. We went through some tough stretches the last few years, and I didn’t want to be on the outside not helping them.”
Burtchfield continues, and you can listen to the interview here: