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It Looks Like One More Year For Daniel Alfredsson

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"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."

Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.

"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."

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WingedRider's avatar

What a Joke! Cleary and Aby are sure to get top 6 time which is wrong! Alfie can play 60+ Games maybe, which on the #Wings team and their injury record is good.

Sheahan, Glendening, Aby all bottom 6 IMO.

Alfie with the only RH shot should be with Pavel/Z.  Aby is not a big body Power Forward, no shot, no skills. An anchor for the Piano

No worries , everyone will have to earn a spot, right?? Never happens and won’t start now.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/11/14 at 05:53 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Great!  Looking forward to Alfie being back on the team.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 08/11/14 at 06:42 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

How much top six time has Cleary ever had with the Red Wings? Mostly he’s been on lines 3 or 4 with occasional play on the first power play unit or filling in when someone was injured.
Abdelkader often plays on the top line but doesn’t get the top line minutes.

Helm and Alfredsson played well together for the handful of games that they were both healthy at the same time and I don’t think anyone predicted that. I.e., it may be more fruitful at this point to predict who will win the Stanley Cup than who will be playing with whom in a couple months, not to mention four or six months from now.

It is a much better problem to have with Alfredsson than Cleary, but now it looks like someone will go on waivers—making the seemingly unprecedented assumption that enough people will be healthy at a time to necessitate that—unless my math is wrong.

Posted by bleep bloop on 08/11/14 at 09:07 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Alfredsson will have to prove he’s healthy and he’ll have to earn his spot in the lineup. He’s going to do this the right way—lots of skating, lots of testing his back and a few weeks taken to figure out whether he’s good to go instead of showing up at camp expecting to be given a job.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/11/14 at 10:16 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Great News !!!  L.G.R.W grin  cool smile

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 08/11/14 at 11:16 PM ET

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As much as I like Alfie and what he contributed last year, we all saw come playoff time he was just too old/injured to help the team.  The Wings needed to get younger, bigger up front… shoulda never signed Cleary or Alfie instead opting for guys like Matt Moulson (5yrs. $25M) and Dan Winnik (1 yr. $1.3M).  Nevermind the team’s biggest weaknes by far - DEFENSE - was totally ignored by Holland.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 08/12/14 at 10:12 AM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Oh come now. As long as Alfie and Cleary can walk, they will be on the team. This notion of earning a spot on Detroit is too funny. I like what Alfie did for this team last season. That being said, I don’t think signing him is a huge help to this team after the re-signings of Q and Cleary. I am feeling zero excitement for the Wings going into 2014-2015. Signing Alfie doesn’t give that feeling a boost at all.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 08/12/14 at 12:08 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Old and injured as compared to… Datsyuk and Zetterberg?

If they all get healthy for the whole year the Wings will be a good team in the Division.  Big If.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 08/12/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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Alfredsson will have to prove he’s healthy

Everybody is healthy in September, but when the season starts all those injuries start to pile up and it takes much longer to recover when you are on the wrong side of 35. I like Alfredsson, he is a good player and he can help this team if he plays with the right partners, but he is not making us a contender anyway and I am not sure we want both him and Cleary so Jurco and Mantha are definitely playing in GR.
At some point we have to start moving forward, not backwards.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/12/14 at 04:34 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Back issues tend to present themselves very early, especially with lots of contact, and if it’s not the back that acts up, it’s the groin. If his back isn’t up to snuff, we’ll know by the end of the exhibition season at the latest.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/12/14 at 04:37 PM ET

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