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by George Malik on 12/30/13 at 09:09 AM ET
- Don’t be surprised if the Detroit Red Wings re-sign Daniel Alfredsson for one more season, if he’s up for it. He’s almost a point-a-game player after just turning 41. He probably looks at Jaromir Jagr (who will be 42 during the Sochi Olympics) and says why not?
The staggering run of injuries to the Wings has been a boon for their drafted players like winger Thomas Jurco and centre Riley Sheahan, who have both looked good. The Wings also love farmhand defencemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul. Jurco and Ouellet are the closest to being regular NHLers. Detroit would love to deal winger Mikael Samuelsson but he has a $3 million contract. Nobody will take him because he’s always hurt. Would Detroit waive him for a roster spot? Probably, but they’d still be on the hook for all but $100,000 of his salary-cap hit because he signed after he was 35.
- With Detroit centre Stephen Weiss having surgery to repair a sports hernia and not expected back until after the Olympics, this is a total writeoff season after the Red Wings signed him for five years. Injury aside, Weiss has had considerable trouble fitting in with Detroit, where the Wings felt he’d be the No. 2 centre.
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