Daniel Alfredsson has yet to make a decision on whether he will resume his playing career, but according to Detroit Red Wings general manager, Ken Holland, he’s progressing well.
Alfredsson, 41, has delayed the decision on his future due to a nagging back injury.
The former Ottawa Senators captain stopped skating altogether earlier this month after tweaking his back.
“I saw him yesterday, he said he’s feeling better every day and if he has a good weekend we’ll talk on Monday,” Holland told Michigan Live. “He’s done lots on his own. He’s in the process of evaluating himself.”
Alfredsson appeared in 68 games last season for the Red Wings scoring 18 goals and 49 points – his first season in Detroit.
After spending 17 seasons with the Senators, Alfredsson played on a one-year $3.5 million deal last season with the Red Wings.
It took a while, but Danny DeKeyser has signed on the line that is dotted.
On Tuesday, Detroit announced it’s agreed to a two-year pact with DeKesyer, ending a contractual stalemate that lasted nearly the entire offseason as the Red Wings open camp on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Per The Hockey News, the deal is worth $4.375 million over the two years, good for a $2.187M annual cap hit. It’s a nice bump from the $925,000 DeKeyser made yearly on his first NHL deal and still gives Detroit the flexibility to entertain re-signing veteran Daniel Alfredsson, who will miss training camp after tweaking his back while skating.
For DeKeyser, getting this deal done is a big relief.
The 24-year-old admitted this week that he was beginning to get “anxious” about the lack of movement in negotiations, this after Wings GM Ken Holland said talks between him and the DeKeyser camp had “gone quiet.” That said, both sides always seemed optimistic about reaching a deal, and with good reason — DeKesyer made no bones about wanting to be in Detroit, and the Wings know he’s the future of their blueline.
DeKesyer is coming off a solid ’13-14 season — his first full NHL campaign — in which he scored 23 points in 65 games while averaging 21:38 TOI per night, bumping that to 23 minutes per in an opening-round playoff loss to Boston. He’s expected to carry an even bigger load this season as the Red Wings failed to land any significant blueliners in free agency.
From the Detroit Free Press:
The odds that Daniel Alfredsson goes to training camp without a contract have increased after a setback in his skating.
Alfredsson “felt a little bit of a tweak,” last week, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Wednesday. Alfredsson has held off on re-signing with the Wings pending assessment of back pain that comes and goes. He’d been skating daily with the Wings for about a week until the reoccurrence of pain. A decision was made to stop skating until Alfredsson feels better.
This latest flare-up – coming after a long off-season tending to his back – doesn’t bode well for playing another season.
Alfredsson is 41 years old, so it’s more than possible he ends up retiring. Only three skaters were older than he was in 2013-14 — Teemu Selanne, Jaromir Jagr, and Ray Whitney. The first retired and the third is “at peace” with possibly hanging them up.
That being said, Alfredsson did manage to score 18 goals, with 31 assists, last season. Also, he’s never won a Stanley Cup, so the opportunity for one more shot at the crown could be a motivating factor.