The Malik Report
by George Malik on 11/04/13 at 09:03 PM ET
Well, I guess the Globe and Mail has determined that Monday's Red Wings day, as the boss suggested, because Eric Duhatschek had a chat with Henrik Zetterberg, and the Globe and Mail's Ottawa-based "Canadiana" reporter, checked in with the man Jets fans have chosen to boo tonight.
MacGregor spoke with Daniel Alfredsson regarding his acclimation to Detroit, and Alfredsson, who's registered 3 goals and 10 assists thus far, says that he's doing okay--as the captain also suggests:
“He’s a good fit for our team,” Zetterberg says. “He’s just been around for such a long time. He moves well. He sees the ice well. He’s got a great shot.”
And, in turn, Alfredsson and his family (wife Bibi, chidlren Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William Erik) have embraced their new home in suburban Birmingham, Mich. Hugo, 10, is playing with the prestigious Little Caesars hockey club.
"He’s in over his head,” Alfredsson says with a laugh. “But he’s developing.”
With schools sorted out for the three older boys, he could then concentrate on hockey. First order of business was a number. He was given No. 11, his familiar Ottawa number, at training camp because the previous owner, Daniel Cleary, looked to be signing with another team. Cleary re-signed with Detroit before the season began and Alfredsson switched to No. 24 – only to have the NHL insist he switch back as the souvenir jerseys for this year’s Winter Classic game between the Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs were already in production. Cleary now wears No. 71.
“There was an adjustment period,” Alfredsson says. “Moving the family, figuring everything out at the rink. But I feel much more comfortable now with the play on the ice and the family is all moved in and settled. It feels good.”
MacGregor notes that the only man who can apparently give Pavel Datsyuk a run for his money while playing keep-away left a team that's struggling, with the Senators' 4-6-and-4 record making the Wings' 9-4-and-2 record look like anything but the underwhelming mark Wings fans view it to be...
But Alfredsson says that he's focused on his present task--trying to win a Stanley Cup with the Wings--and Alfredsson tells MacGregor that he feels reenergized by his move to Detroit:
“I’ve been in a position where I have to prove myself again and I want to prove myself again,” he says. “Playing with guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg, I find that physically I can skate with them. It’s been fun.”
He will be 41 when the 2014 Sochi Winter Games get under way, but Zetterberg thinks the player he won gold with at the 2006 Turin Olympics should, and could, once again represent Sweden.
“I would like to see him there,” Zetterberg says. He’s had a good start to his year here, so I think his chances are good.”
If Alfredsson was asked, would he go? “Of course,” he says.
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