DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings and Daniel Alfredsson are in no hurry to get a deal done according to general manager Ken Holland.
Holland confirmed via text message that they’ll wait until August before deciding on whether Alfredsson will return for another season in Detroit or retire.
However, Alfredsson and his family will remain in Detroit next season no matter what the final decision is on his career.
When Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs, Alfredsson all but said if he returns for a 19th season he would do so with the Wings.
The only concern seems to be with his back, which caused him to miss a handful of games towards the end of the regular season along with two of the five games in the series with Boston.
Alfredsson had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 regular season games, but didn’t record a point in the postseason.
“At the moment if I come back, that’s the likely scenario (coming back to Detroit),” Alfredsson said after the Wings’ loss in Game 5 to the Bruins. “As a family we’ve had a fabulous time in Detroit. Everybody likes it. That’s check one, I guess.”
His 49 points was tops on the team.
“I think there is promise with this team,” Alfredsson said. “It will probably be some time before I have a decision. When that is, I’m not sure. The sooner the better, I’d like to think.”
When pushed more on whether he would return or not the veteran said, “I really don’t know. There’s a lot of factors that play in, mentally, physically and family. I still love the game, there’s no question about that. At the same time, you’ve got to end it sometime. I’m sure I’ll be talking to my wife and we’ll come to a decision together.”
Alfredsson, 41, signed a one-year worth $3.5 million on the first day of free agency last year, leaving Ottawa where he had spent his entire 17-year career prior. He had been the league’s longest serving captain until the move.
Alfredsson originally said he left Ottawa to join the Wings because he felt Detroit had a better chance at winning the Stanley Cup that has eluded him throughout his career.
Then, during a press conference in Ottawa on Aug. 15, he said the move was aided by a broken promise by the Senators.