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.