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DETROIT >> Justin Abdelkader didn’t practice Thursday. Wings general manager Ken Holland said he was given a maintenance day and should be fine to go Friday.

Stephen Weiss filled in on his line with Darren Helm and Andrej Nestrasil.

Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) and Daniel Cleary (healthy) were in gray.

Jimmy Howard will start Friday and Jonas Gustavsson will start in the rematch against the Leafs Saturday at home.

Datsyuk likely out through weekend

DETROIT >> Pavel Datsyuk looks like he’s out through the weekend according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“I don’t think he’ll play Friday,” Holland said. “Realistic time frame is Tuesday, Thursday or (next) Saturday. But he’s day-to-day.”

Datsyuk was expected to miss roughly four weeks from the time he suffered a separated shoulder on Sept. 22.

He’s missed all three games to begin the season.

“He’s getting closer,” Holland said. “He feels good. We want to make sure he’s not one hit away from being out two weeks.”

Wings haven’t heard from Alfredsson in a couple weeks; he’s not practicing leads to retirement speculation

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ready to start practicing with the Detroit Red Wings.

And that’s pretty much all the Wings know.

“I don’t really know what’s going on,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “I talked to him a week ago and nothing had changed in the last month. He feels OK, but doesn’t feel as good as he wants to feel to play.

“I told him to take more time, but nothing has changed from my perspective, like there’s no news,” Holland continued. “It’s the same news as it was last week and the week before and the week before and week before that.”

Alfredsson, who’ll turn 42 this season, still has an issue with a nerve in his back that occurred late last season. He didn’t attend training camp and suffered a setback in early September.

“I don’t know if he’s skating,” Holland said. “I don’t know if he’s working out or not working out. I don’t know if he’s in Detroit, I don’t know if he’s in Sweden. I simply don’t know.”

Despite playing in just 68 games in his first season in Detroit, Alfredsson finished tied for the team lead in points.

The team would like to have Alfredsson back on the team if he’s healthy to play 60-to-65 games since he provides a right-handed shot at the point on the power play.

But another part of the Wings’ decision could be if they’re playing well or not at the time Alfredsson decides if his back will allow him to play more one season.

The team won’t jump at signing him to a one-year deal until they see him practice a couple weeks to make sure he suffers no other setbacks.

“The bottom line is nothing has changed since early September,” Holland said “Nothing has changed. How’s he doing? I think he’s doing OK, but he’s not doing well enough to reach out to the general manager to figure out where we go from here.”

Alfredsson said after the Wings were eliminated from the playoffs last season that if returns for another year 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. “I’m hoping that I’ll know within the next week or two weeks.”

Alfredsson came to Detroit had spending his entire career with the Ottawa Senators.

“He understands we’re running a hockey team and what goes on with our team affects our day-to-day decisions,” Holland said. “That doesn’t have anything to do with Alfredsson until he calls and says he wants to discuss his next move.”

Understandable disagreement

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock said it’s a common occurrence that he disagrees with roster decisions prior to the start of the season with general manager Ken Holland.

“It’s probably been nine of the 10 years I’ve been here we’ve disagreed before the start of the season,” Babcock said. “I’m a coach. I’m an immediate gratification guy. I want to win today. He’s the manager and he always has a much longer plan than I do so I would say we’re pretty consistent.”

Babcock strongly wanted to have defenseman Xavier Ouellet on the 23-man roster, but because he was waiver-exempt he was sent to Grand Rapids.

“I would say we’ve disagreed about every year so I don’t think this is any different,” Babcock said. “I wanted (Gustav) Nyquist on the team last year and he couldn’t be on the team. Every year is the same.”

Nyquist was also waiver-exempt last year and was sent to the Griffins before being recalled for the remainder of the season due to injuries.

“The NHL season is a marathon, it’s 82 games and we’re going to need depth,” Holland said. “I expect we’re going to have to tap into our depth. There are certainly players that made a case that they’re not far away.”

Wings still in a holding pattern on Alfredsson

DETROIT >> The Wings are just waiting on word from forward Daniel Alfredsson on how his rehab is going.

“I haven’t heard from Alfie in a week,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday. “What was told to me from Alfie’s agent is he’s going to take time to rehab and when he gets to a point where he’s ready to make a decision he’s going to give me a shout.”

The Wings would like to get 60-to-65 games out of Alfredsson, who was tied for the team lead in points last season, since he provides a right-handed shot at the point on the power play.

But another part of the Wings’ decision could be if they’re playing well or not at the time Alfredsson decides if his back will allow him to play more one season.

Alfredsson, who did not attend training camp, still has an issue with a nerve in his back that occurred late last season.

He suffered a setback in early September.

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.”

Nestrasil, Ouellet survive another round of cuts; Wings’ roster at 26, needs to be down to 23 by 5 p.m. Tuesday

DETROIT >> Forward Andrej Nestrasil and defenseman Xavier Ouellet survived another round of cuts as the start of the NHL season approaches.

But the two promising Detroit Red Wing prospects haven’t locked up spots on the final roster just yet.

“We think he’s played the best out of all the kids,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said of Nestrasil. “Has Nestrasil knocked one of those other veteran forwards out of the box? That’s what we’re going to talk about.

“Ouellet has been the best of our young D, but he has to knock one of the seven out of the box,” Holland continued. “That’s what we still have to talk about.”

Detroit placed forwards Mitch Callahan, Landon Ferraro and Kevin Porter on waivers. All three have till noon on Monday to clear before they can be assigned to Grand Rapids.

The Wings, who open the season Thursday at home against the Boston Bruins, still have 26 players on their roster and need to get down to 23 by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“We’ve got three more players to make decisions on by Tuesday,” Holland said. “The story will play itself out.”

If Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) won’t be ready to open the season, Nestrasil could earn a spot on the roster. The team should know more Monday on Datsyuk’s status for the opener.

The Wings will carry 14 forwards into the regular season. They could also send Tomas Jurco to Grand Rapids since he doesn’t have to be placed on waivers, but coach Mike Babcock said last week he wanted him in Detroit.

If Ouellet, who also is waiver-exempt, stays he’ll have to play which means winning a job over Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff.

One of the roster moves that’ll likely be made is assigning goalie Petr Mrazek, who’s waiver-exempt, to Grand Rapids.

“These decisions are very difficult,” Holland said. “Some young players looked better the first week of the preseason and then had a tougher second week. It’s all about the caliber of competition and they didn’t play their way onto the roster. If they did they’d still be here.”

Callahan appeared to have won over the coaches during camp. He’s an abrasive player that posted his best offensive numbers (26 goals, 18 assists) with the Griffins last season.

The team also sent defensemen Alexey Marchenko and Nick Jensen to Grand Rapids, along with forwards Tomas Nosek and Teemu Pulkkinen.

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.”