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.”