Daniel Alfredsson always said if he was going to return for a 19th NHL season it would only be with the Detroit Red Wings. It now looks like that’s closer to happening.
According to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com, the Red Wings look like they’re moving closer to signing the veteran forward Alfredsson who would return to the Wings for his second season.
“My take is we’re probably going to try to do something with Alfie,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable.”
“Certainly, I don’t look at Alfie thinking he’s going to play 82 games,” Holland said. “When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.
“But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let’s see how he feels.”
The 41-year old Alfredsson is expected to start skating in Sweden this week where of which he’ll see how his back responds to the activity. Furthermore according to Ansar Khan, Alfredsson will also begin skating with a number of Red Wings the first week of September ahead of the start of training camp on September 18th.
As far as a contract goes it’s still unclear what could be offered. However the Wings will have to be strategic with their money considering they’re $5.2M under the $69M salary cap with restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser still yet to be signed. Also, if Alfredsson is brought back Detroit would then have 15 forwards with one-way contracts on the roster which Khan notes as being one more than they’d like. With that in mind Tomas Jurco would likely start the season in Grand Rapids given he’s the only player on the Wings’ roster who could be sent down without having to go through waivers.