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If Alfredsson plays next season, he says it would probably be with Detroit

Apr 26, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson‘s first season with the Detroit Red Wings ended on Saturday with mixed results; we’ll have to wait and see if he’ll get another crack at it.

He told reporters that he isn’t sure if this will be his last season in the NHL, but if he’s back, he made this clear: he’ll likely do so in a Red Wings uniform.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock backed up Alfredsson’s assertion that he’ll need more time, noting the importance of health for veteran players.

The 41-year-old played well when he could during the regular season, managing to score 18 goals and 49 points in 68 games. Perhaps injuries (and the Boston Bruins defense) really caught up with him during the postseason, however, as he was held pointless and limited to three games.

Babcock spoke of big changes after the Red Wings were ousted, yet he also praised the team’s veteran players, so it’s difficult to tell if Alfresson would call his shot regarding returning to Detroit (if he doesn’t retire).  If nothing else, it seems like Alfredsson enjoyed at least one season with many fellow Swedes in “Hockeytown.”

  1. muckleflugga - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    too injury prone … back to the set of csi ottawa is your best bet danny boy … don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out

    give legwand a ride to the train if you will … thanks

    • mshantz22 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      As a 41 year old, he put up 49 points in 63 games. You must be kidding.

    • c9castine - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      does this mean your a detroit fan?

  2. cliffatola - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The Wings have many younger players that are ready to play everyday, please move on Alfredsson. I am so tired of Holland thinking they can resurrect these older players, the Wings system works it is proven with the way they develop prospects and their continued success each year but it is time to clear out some space.

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    mshantz22

    big deal … alfreddson rarely battles in corners, rarely wins pucks against bigger younger players, and is easily pushed around on a team notoriously easy to be pushed around

    if had been up to me, i would have passed him over … i believe zetterberg had too much to say in alfreddson’s acquisition … speaking of passive injury prone swedes …?

    the red wing – swede welfare cum pension project is long past due for change … fanzen’s the model of big money big waste … alfreddson, a close second

    when wings were winning cups they had tough players, and they had players willing to fight when needed

    not so much anymore, with playoff output to match

    • c9castine - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      i have a lot of respect for detroit the organization and the way they play, and think they are a good team.

      but there were a lot of times in that series that i wondered if they had a pulse. do they know they can throw body checks? they can much it up a little…grind a little harder…dont get me wrong i didnt want anybody to turn into james neal and i as well as anybody understand that you cant beat boston at their own game…that defies logic.

      but you have to let them know you mean business now and again.

  4. slaugin - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    He was invisible in the Bruins series

  5. pastabelly - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    He is a shell of his former Ottawa self and getting paid as if he were more. Detroit can get a bigger bang out of its buck elsewhere, unless he signs a very team friendly one year deal.

  6. icrew29 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    He lacks the stamina to play this game anymore. If he continues he will get hurt.

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