For many of the Detroit Red Wings players, Saturday’s loss to the Bruins was simply the end of another season. Guys like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar can chalk the elimination up to valuable experience and look forward to next season. Even guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk can look ahead to the 2014-15 season as a year of health and rebound. However for a guy like 41-year old Daniel Alfredsson, the loss in Boston could very well mean the end of a long yet successful NHL career.
With Alfredsson being limited to just three games in the five game set he knows his time in the league is limited and possibly over but he’s not coming to any conclusions yet. What he does know though is if he comes back next season he’d probably most likely play for Detroit once again.
Alfredsson said that he plays next year the likely scenario will be in a #RedWings sweater.
— Tim Wharnsby (@TimWharnsby) April 26, 2014
At times Alfredsson looked like a real asset but was held to just 68 games. In that time though the 18-year NHL vet had 18 goals, 31 assists and 49 points. Obviously the chemistry with the other Swedish players on Detroit is a plus but Alfredsson’s return to Detroit is going to depend on his health and what he can continue to contribute something that Mike Babcock stressed when it came to all of the Wings’ vets.
Eitherway Ken Holland and the Wings are going to have some decisions to make once again when it comes to some of the vets, including Alfredsson and the young kids who really took center stage in helping Detroit make it to their 23rd straight playoff appearance.