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Alfredsson won’t attend Wings training camp; team won’t rush him for decision on his future

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson’s future in the NHL appears to be over.

Wings general manager Ken Holland has confirmed that Alfredsson won’t be attending training camp due to his ailing back.

“His back isn’t allowing him to skate so we’re going to wait,” Holland said. “We’re going to give him time and hopefully his back gets to the point he feels better and can continue playing.”

Players report to Traverse City for physicals Thursday with their first on-ice workout set for Friday.

Alfredsson still has an issue with a nerve in his back that occurred late last season.

“He really wants to play one more year,” Holland said. “We’d really like to at least evaluate him and see where’s at for one more year.”

Alfredsson, who hasn’t taken part in any informal on-ice skates at Joe Louis Arena in over a week, was tied for the team lead with 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 68 regular season games last season. He didn’t record a point in the playoffs.

“He’s been a tremendous player for a long time,” Holland said. “We’re going to give him some more time and see over the next week or two what goes on with his back. He’s earned that right.”

The Wings would like to sign Alfredsson, 41, to a one-year deal if he’s healthy, even if it’s just to play between 60-65 games.

On Monday his agent, J.P. Barry, spoke to tsn.ca.

“Daniel had a strong summer training and was feeling great while skating here but suffered a setback on his fifth day of high intensity on ice sessions,” Barry told the website. “It’s the same back issue he has been dealing with for a few years. He needs some time to let things settle and then determine whether his back is up to the rigors of another full season. He will be patient for now before making any decisions.”

Alfredsson has said if returns for another season of hockey it would be with the Wings.

“I would love to play, there’s no question, but at the same time you have to listen to your body,” Alfredsson said a few weeks ago. “I’m hoping that I’ll know within the next week or two weeks.”

Alfredsson’s agent says client will take time after recent setback before deciding on future

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson’s future in the NHL appears pretty bleak.

With the Wings scheduled to hit the ice Friday in Traverse City to opening training camp, Alfredsson has not taken part in any informal on-ice workouts at Joe Louis Arena in more than a week.

“I’m not sure he’s going to be at camp,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “His back isn’t to where he feels like he can play and practice every day.”

Alfredsson still has an issue with a nerve in his back that occurred late last season.

Alfredsson’s agent J.P. Barry spoke to tsn.ca.

“Daniel had a strong summer training and was feeling great while skating here but suffered a setback on his fifth day of high intensity on ice sessions,” Barry told the website. “It’s the same back issue he has been dealing with for a few years. He needs some time to let things settle and then determine whether his back is up to the rigors of another full season. He will be patient for now before making any decisions.”

Alfredsson was tied for the team lead with 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 68 regular season games last season. He didn’t record a point in the playoffs.

“We’re going to give him all the time he needs to make his decision,” Holland said. “We’re going to be patient. He wants to do what’s right for himself but also what’s right for the Red Wings.”

The Wings would like to sign Alfredsson, 41, to a one-year deal if he’s healthy, even if it’s just to play between 60-65 games.

“I would love to play, there’s no question, but at the same time you have to listen to your body,” Alfredsson said a few weeks ago. “I’m hoping that I’ll know within the next week or two weeks.”

Doesn’t appear Alfredsson will be ready to report to training camp on time

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson continues to be absent during the Wings’ informal on-ice skates at Joe Louis Arena.

“My instincts would probably say that I’m not sure he’ll be able to report to camp on Wednesday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “I want to see how he’s feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours.”

Alfredsson suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a nerve issue in his back.

He didn’t take at all last week and was unable to skate with the team Monday.

The Wings would like to sign Alfredsson to a one-year deal if he’s healthy, even if it’s just to play between 60-65 games.

“If we have to wait a little bit, we will,” Holland said last week. “It’s something minor, but at this point he doesn’t want to push it.”

Alfredsson, 41, could decide to go to camp without a contract in place before deciding on his future.

“I would love to play, there’s no question, but at the same time you have to listen to your body,” Alfredsson said a few weeks ago. “I’m hoping that I’ll know within the next week or two weeks.”

“If Alfie tells me he feels great and he wants to play hockey then we have to sit down and talk,” Holland said. “If he tells me on the 15th of September, ‘I feel good but you know what I’d like to go to training camp and see a bit more’ then I think we’re going to do it.”

Alfredsson had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 regular season games, but didn’t record a point in the postseason.

Wings invite veteran defensman Aaron Rome for tryout

DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that veteran defenseman Aaron Rome has been invited to training camp for a tryout.

Rome, 30, is a left-handed shot.

“He’s a vet who’s played pro hockey for a number of years,” Holland said during a phone interview.

Rome played 25 games last season with Dallas, registering just one assist and finishing a minus-6.

Rome has also played for Anaheim, Columbus and Vancouver.

In 226 games he’s totaled six goals, 22 assists, a minus-17 and has 185 penalty minutes.

DeKeyser wants to get a deal done so he doesn’t miss any training camp

DETROIT >> Restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser doesn’t seem the least bit worried that a deal can get done before training camp.

“I think there’s still some time left before camp so obviously I don’t want to miss that, miss anything like that so hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon,” DeKeyser said after taking part in an on-ice workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Wings general manager Ken Holland made it seem like the sides weren’t even close on a deal.

“It takes two to make a deal,” Holland said during a phone interview from Traverse City. “We’ve had a number of productive conversations, but there’s none of late.”

DeKeyser confirmed that his representatives haven’t met with Holland in nearly two weeks.

“I think we’re going to talk again this week,” DeKeyser said. “I think a lot of times stuff like this just takes some time so hopefully we get it ironed out soon.

“It’s the start of the season so nobody wants to miss the start of the season and all the guys are pretty much back in town and it’s good to have the team back, it’s good to start practicing again so nobody wants to miss out on that,” DeKeyser added.

Training camp opens in Traverse City on Sept. 19.

In 76 games, DeKeyser has four goals, 20 assists and is a plus-14.

The main sticking point according to Holland is finding “comparable” deals.

DeKeyser, who just completed his first full season in the NHL after the Wings beat out several teams to land the much-sought-after defenseman, made $925,000 a season on his two-year, entry-level deal.

“He doesn’t have a ton of experience,” Holland said. “We’ve explored lots of different options.”

The Wings offered DeKeyser a long-term deal back in June which his camp wasn’t receptive to.

Both sides would like more than a one-year deal.

“We’re still hopeful and optimistic that we can find a solution,” Holland continued. “Time off between talking could be good. It’s important to get a deal done that’s fair for the player and fair for the club.”

DeKeyser, 24, is represented by Pat Morris, who’s the same agent that represents Kyle Quincey, who signed a two-deal this offseason worth $4.25 a season.

“They’re the ones, they talk back and forth with Kenny and they just take my input, I mean it’s not like I’m not involved so I’m involved in it,” DeKeyser said.

The deals aren’t comparable since Quincey was an unrestricted free agent. Morris also hasn’t tried to use Quincey’s deal as leverage in DeKeyser’s negotiations.

The Wings have just over $5 million in cap space left.

DeKeyser, Wings don’t appear close to reaching a deal as start of training camp looms

DETROIT >> Restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser continues to take part in informal on-ice workouts at Joe Louis Arena with teammates despite not appearing to be close to getting a new deal done.

There appears to be a huge gap between the sides according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“It takes two to make a deal,” Holland said during a phone interview as he prepares to watch the Wings’ prospects take part in a tournament in Traverse City. “We’ve had a number of productive conversations, but there’s none of late.”

The two sides have not spoken about a new deal in the last two weeks.

In 76 games, DeKeyser has four goals, 20 assists and is a plus-14.

The main sticking point according to Holland is finding “comparable” deals.

DeKeyser, who just completed his first full season in the NHL after the Wings beat out several teams to land the much-sought-after defenseman, made $925,000 a season on his two-year, entry-level deal.

“He doesn’t have a ton of experience,” Holland said. “We’ve explored lots of different options.”

The Wings offered DeKeyser, 24, a long-term deal back in June which his camp wasn’t receptive to.

Both sides would like more than a one-year deal.

“We’re still hopeful and optimistic that we can find a solution,” Holland continued. “Time off between talking could be good. It’s important to get a deal done that’s fair for the player and fair for the club.”

Training camp opens in Traverse City on Sept. 19.

DeKeyser, 24, is represented by Pat Morris, who’s the same agent that represents Kyle Quincey, who signed a two-deal this offseason worth $4.25 a season.

The deals aren’t comparable since Quincey was an unrestricted free agent. Morris also hasn’t tried to use Quincey’s deal as leverage in DeKeyser’s negotiations.

The Wings have just over $5 million in cap space left.

Alfredsson has yet to skate this week with team after suffering a minor setback

DETROIT >> There’s a reason Daniel Alfredsson hasn’t taken part in any informal on-ice workouts this week … he’s suffered a minor setback.

“If we have to wait a little bit, we will,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s something minor, but at this point he doesn’t want to push it.”

The Wings would like to sign Alfredsson, who has an issue with a nerve in his back, to a one-year deal if he’s healthy, even if it’s just to play between 60-65 games.

Holland said he plans to talk to Alfredsson’s agent again early next week.

“I would love to play, there’s no question, but at the same time you have to listen to your body,” Alfredsson said last week. “I’m hoping that I’ll know within the next week or two weeks.”

Alfredsson could decide to go to camp without a contract in place before deciding on his future.

“If Alfie tells me he feels great and he wants to play hockey then we have to sit down and talk,” Holland said. “If he tells me on the 15th of September, ‘I feel good but you know what I’d like to go to training camp and see a bit more’ then I think we’re going to do it.”

Alfredsson, 41, had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 regular season games, but didn’t record a point in the postseason.