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Holland: ‘We’re probably going to try to do something’ with Alfredsson

Aug 11, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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It’s looking more and more like Daniel Alfredsson will be returning to the Detroit Red Wings next season.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Ansar Khan of Mlive.com and gave his thoughts on what they’re looking at regarding the 41-year-old Swede. It sounds like a new contract is coming Alfie’s way.

“My take is we’re probably going to try to do something with Alfie,” Holland said Monday. “He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable.”

Alfredsson, along with Niklas Kronwall, were the Wings’ leading scorers last season. The part about “when he was healthy” is key as Holland said he doesn’t expect him to play all 82 games. He pointed to the bevy of young forwards the team has to help pick up the slack. If that’s the case, he’s got a lot of backup support.

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening, and Riley Sheahan all played key roles for the team down the stretch while veterans like Alfredsson, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, and Henrik Zetterberg all dealt with injuries throughout the season.

Having a copious amount of quality depth like that comes in handy for situations like this with older players you know will need rest.

  1. polegojim - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    The guys veteran presence alone is worth a Mil per year. Gutsy and still has game.

    This will help him keep healthy and deadly when it counts most.

    • dueman - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Do you really think that Alfie is going to sign for 1 million? You guys have roughly 5 mil left in cap space, and between DeKeyser, and Alfie, Detroit will be right up against the cap wall, and that’s only if Alfie will take a mostly bonus laden contract…

      • polegojim - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Bingo Duey… you’re catching on the strategy… (and so are all those with thumbs up)

        Alfie doesn’t need guaranteed money…. but he’ll welcome multiple and generous performance and Stanley Cup playoff progress bonuses!

        Congrats!!!!!

    • elrock7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      bonuses count against cap

      • cliffatola - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:16 AM

        after Alfredsson is long gone, any bonus money earned will count against the 15-16 cap

  2. lowenni - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Alfieeeeeee

  3. ntvd7 - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    One more year, please

    Random thought, Detroit isn’t the hot spot for free agents because Lidstrom is gone…

  4. tmoore4075 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I’ll take him back for a year. He’d add some great depth, help on the PP, in the dressing room etc. Would love to see him here for a second year and hopefully with guys like Weiss, Hank, Pavel and Helm healthy for more of the year.

  5. elrock7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I guess wings have to do something this off season.

  6. cliffatola - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    You know what, this part time player nonsense should only be extended to a guy who is going to have his number hanging in your rafters one day. In the Wings case, I say you extend that courtesy to Datsyuk one day, Zettberg another day not Alfredsson. Let him walk……

    • rssaspe26 - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      That’s a pretty short-sighted mindset to have with a player who’s still clearly productive.

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