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Report- Daniel Alfredsson Won’t Play This Season

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,

Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Daniel Alfredsson's comeback bid is about to end.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson. 

Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action. 

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That was expected I guess. Great career

Posted by George0211 on 11/21/14 at 12:48 PM ET

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Too bad.  That said, he had a fantastic career and deserves to enjoy retirement and a Hall of Fame induction. 

It’ll be good for Holland to get certainty on this.

Posted by captaineclectic on 11/21/14 at 01:55 PM ET

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Does Kenny make any moves now that he knows that cap space isn’t needed for Alfie? Or just wait til the trade deadline? Capgeeks says the Wings are projected to have $8,970,844 in space by then? Should I end every sentence with a ?

Posted by Bosephus from Behind enemy lines, Denver, CO on 11/21/14 at 03:22 PM ET

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I don’t think there’s a crying need for a move.  The team’s on a 108-point pace at the moment and looking better week-to-week.  I still think right-handed defensemen like Petry—and maybe now even Tom Gilbert—will drop in price between now and the deadline.  Our secondary need is pure sniper, and I doubt we’ll pursue one before the deadline, given that Mantha and Pulkkinen have a shot at filling that need internally.

Posted by captaineclectic on 11/21/14 at 03:25 PM ET

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The team’s on a 108-point pace at the moment and looking better week-to-week.

True, but with their lack of consistency from game to game, do you trust them to beat Tampa Bay or Montreal in a seven-game series?

I don’t know about that…

I still think right-handed defensemen like Petry—and maybe now even Tom Gilbert—will drop in price between now and the deadline.

I don’t think Gilbert is going anywhere, and I can’t imagine that the price for Petry goes down at the deadline when you would have multiple teams looking for a piece to bolster their blueline.

Posted by Garth on 11/21/14 at 07:08 PM ET

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don’t think there’s a crying need for a move.  The team’s on a 108-point pace at the moment and looking better week-to-week.  I still think right-handed defensemen like Petry—and maybe now even Tom Gilbert—will drop in price between now and the deadline.  Our secondary need is pure sniper, and I doubt we’ll pursue one before the deadline, given that Mantha and Pulkkinen have a shot at filling that need internally.


It does make sense to hold back by the Red Wings unless they can obtain a RH Defense man
at a cheaper price at the trade deadline. As I mentioned previously about Mike Green, the Red Wings can pursue him as an UFA next July, unless they believe they can contend for the Cup this season. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 11/21/14 at 08:04 PM ET

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Posted by bigfrog on 11/21/14 at 08:04 PM ET

Well, if they want to pursue any UFAs then they may have to make some trades.  Cleary will come off the books after this year (fingers crossed) but they have Nyquist, Jurco, Andersson and Smith all on expiring contracts and any that they re-sign will likely get raises, but there are already rumours of the cap not going up, which would make it hard to add players without somehow subtracting them.

If they want Green (for instance) they might be better off trading roster players and shedding salary because Detroit isn’t exactly the type of destination that can sign a UFA to a one-year low number contract in order to play for a better deal.  They’re likely going to have to overpay in order to attract a UFA of any value.

Posted by Garth on 11/21/14 at 09:15 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 11/21/14 at 07:08 PM ET

There’s pressure on both ends, though.  Edmonton doesn’t want to lose Petry for nothing and given that the guy’s a right-handed defenseman from Michigan there’s a perception that he’s likely to sign in Detroit regardless this offseason.  Only the Wings and contenders looking for a rental will be interested in him and there’s other rental options.

I do agree that adding talent means making moves to get cap-compliant for 2015-16.  The Wings have $57.3M invested in 19 players and must re-sign Nyquist, Smith, and Jurco.  Andersson is also a free agent but we do not need to re-sign him, and given that doing so would only add to the forward logjam I imagine he’ll be dealt this offseason if no other roster shakeups occur first.  (Alternately we could keep him and deal Miller, who I expect has a lot more value.)

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jurco accept Sheahan money or Smith accept Kindl/DeKeyser type money, but Nyquist could legitimately seek Ryan O’Reilly/Jordan Eberle pay if he hits 30 or 35 goals, which is highly plausible—that is, $6M a season.  It might be less—Holland loves swapping term for cap hit—but I think Holland needs to budget $10M to bring all three guys back, if not more.

If bringing those guys back gets us to $68M we’d have something like $1 or $2M to spend (cap might stay at $69M or bump up to $70M).  Of course Mantha, Nosek, and presumably Pulkinnen if re-signed would be in that range.  But to add any UFA talent we’d need to move salary off the roster.

The candidates for moving out are the same guys they usually are—guys who have shorter-term deal, some value on the ice, no trade protection, and who are expendable due to the emergence of other players, and who make enough money that their departure is helpful from a cap perspective.  It’s a short list—Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, and maaaaaybe Darren Helm. 

(Given their cap hits this makes it really important to include Quincey in any deal for an impact defenseman we’d want to re-sign, which I hadn’t realized)

Also, if we’re thinking about summer 2015 trades, rather than in-season moves, Justin Abdelkader is having the kind of year that could make him tricky to re-sign in 2016.  It’s possible that Abdelkader’s asset value will peak in the next seven months or so.  I won’t be holding my breath on that one, though.

Posted by captaineclectic on 11/22/14 at 07:47 AM ET

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Edmonton doesn’t want to lose Petry for nothing and given that the guy’s a right-handed defenseman from Michigan there’s a perception that he’s likely to sign in Detroit regardless this offseason.

But Edmonton can entertain offers all year and deal him if/when they get the best offer.  Any team that gets an injury on defense (or, say, has a player charged with hitting his wife) and is looking for an upgrade can approach Edmonton at any time with an offer.  The only pressure they have is at the deadline and I can’t imagine that they would have a hard time getting a decent return for him then.  There will be plenty of teams looking for an upgrade.

And based on recent history, I wouldn’t think there’s a perception that anyone is expected to sign in Detroit.

Posted by Garth on 11/22/14 at 10:43 AM ET

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