Alfredsson skating to test his back on his own

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson continued to skate on his own Wednesday, trying to determine if his back will allow him to play one more season.

“He says he feels better and I think this week will be an important week,” Henrik Zetterberg said.

The Wings are willing to wait as long as it takes for Alfredsson, who suffered a setback in early September, to make a decision.

“I think it was a wise decision for him to really take the time now, do his rehab and really give it a last shot,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully it will work.”

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.

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

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.”

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