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by George Malik on 03/07/14 at 11:11 PM ET
I apolgize for being a little late to the party on this one, but I was having fun fun fun anxiety attacks today, so here's what Daniel Alfredsson had to say about his playing future, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose (he's going to wait and decide after the season, but if he continues to play, he will continue to play in Detroit):
“I’ve gone through this the last two years,” Alfredsson said. “I’ve talked to other players before. The consensus I get is play as long as you can, pretty much from everyone. If you feel you still have the energy and desire definitely continue as long as you can. That’s been the common theme.”
In his 18th season, and his first with the Red Wings, Alfredsson has experienced an up-and-down run in Detroit. Despite a sore groin and back spasms that forced him to miss a dozen game, Alfredsson ranks fourth in team scoring with 14 goals and 37 points for a team that is fighting for a playoff spot.
“We’ve had a challenging season as a team, going through a lot of different adversity but I think that’s something that builds character for the team as well,” said Alfredsson, 41. “We’ve all seen how good a lot of the young guys who’ve gotten an opportunity to play and thrived in that situation, and for me personally, it was a big change moving and it took a little bit to get accustomed to everything, for it to feel natural coming to the rink but I feel very welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed my time here. As far as everything around the city I have no questions about my future here. If my body and mind tells me there’s more to give, I would definitely look forward to an opportunity to come back.”
Alfredsson says that the only issue possibly stopping him from continuing to play, health aside, involves the time he has to take away from his family:
“It takes a lot of sacrifice. The toughest part I find is the travel, being away from the family as much as we are,” he said. “I’m very fortunate as well to have a great wife that’s very understanding and supportive. But then I love the game. I love to come to practice, love everything about what we do. I know when I retire I’m going to miss a lot of it. So that’s also a factor.”
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