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Alfredsson unsure about future, Wings willing to wait

May 7, 2014, 9:27 AM EDT

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It’s starting to look a little like last season for Daniel Alfredsson.

The 41-year-old Detroit Red Wings forward is again weighing his thoughts on whether he wants to play another season. As Bob Duff of The Windsor Star shares, Alfie is leaning towards playing again but recognizes it has to end eventually.

“There’s a lot of factors that play in, mentally, physically and family,” Alfredsson said. “I still love the game, there’s no question about that. At the same time, you’ve got to end it sometime.”

Don’t expect the same kind of dance to develop between Alfredsson and the Red Wings like he had with the Ottawa Senators last summer.

Alfredsson led the Wings in scoring and he said he’ll take as long as he needs to figure out if he can give it another go. As Duff shared, Detroit GM Ken Holland told Alfredsson they won’t start making decisions on the roster until mid-June.

Detroit will have to make decisions on where some veterans up front belong on the roster as Alfredsson, David Legwand, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, and Danny Cleary are all unrestricted free agents. With the emergence of young guys like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, and Riley Sheahan there could be a significant drop in the average age of the team next season.

  1. capsnbohs23 - May 7, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Come on Alfie, one more year

  2. 4everwingsfan - May 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I would take Alfie over all the other vets combined.

  3. nobandwagoners - May 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    But if he is willing to play another year, will it be in Detroit? Part of the reason Alfie left Ottawa was that he wanted a chance to win the Cup – does Detroit offer that or will he look to go to another team that has better odds?

  4. shoobiedoobin - May 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    He said he won’t play anywhere else, it’s retirement or the Wings.

    Just play, why not? If there’s even a doubt, come back. Retire when the doubts are gone.

  5. tmoore4075 - May 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I’ll take him back for another year. Without…any centers, he had a decent year. Get Hank, Pavel and Weiss back and that will help him. The injuries give me a little concern but not too much. To the question about the Wings being a contender?

  6. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Alfie go home to Ottawa for your last season…

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