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Howard selected as Wings’ lone All-Star

DETROIT >> Jimmy Howard was named to the 2015 NHL All Star Game, which will take place January 25 in Columbus.

It’s Howard’s second time as an All Star.

He last appeared in the 2012 game.

Howard started the game and gave up three goals on 14 shots.

The 2012 game was the first time the league had a “fantasy draft” to choose teams.

Howard was selected by Zdeno Chara and not Daniel Alfredsson, who at the time was with the Ottawa Senators.

Alfredsson retirement could be made as early at Monday when Wings host Ottawa

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are still awaiting official word on what Daniel Alfredsson plans to do this season.

But all signs point to him not playing and most likely deciding to retire.

Darren Dreger of TSN.ca reported that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season due to a lingering disc issue in his back that has been continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action.

An announcement could come as early as Monday, which would be fitting since the Wings host the Ottawa Senators, a team he spent his first 17 seasons with and 13 of those he was their captain.

Alfredsson’s agent, J.P. Barry, told the Wings earlier this week that it wasn’t looking good for a comeback attempt.

Alfredsson, who’ll turn 42 on Dec. 11, had this same back issue towards the end of last season, which also sidelined him.

Despite playing in just 68 games in his first season in Detroit, Alfredsson finished tied for the team lead in points (49) and had 18 goals.

He did tell the Wings in June that he wanted to play another season, but he needed to make sure his back could hold up before finally deciding on his future.

Alfredsson did skate with teammates a few days leading up to training camp in September, but then shut things down when his back started acting up again.

He did not attend training camp.

He tried again to skate a few consecutive days after camp, but once again had to shut things down.

The team would have liked to have Alfredsson back, if he was healthy, to play 60-to-65 games since he provided a right-handed shot at the point on the power play.

They weren’t going to sign him to a one-year deal until they saw he could practice a couple weeks to make sure he suffered no other setbacks.

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

Alfredsson has 444 goals and 713 assists in 1,246 NHL games.

He represented Sweden in five Olympics, winning the gold medal in 2006, but has never won the Stanley Cup.

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Alfredsson’s agent says client will take time after recent setback before deciding on future

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson’s future in the NHL appears pretty bleak.

With the Wings scheduled to hit the ice Friday in Traverse City to opening training camp, Alfredsson has not taken part in any informal on-ice workouts at Joe Louis Arena in more than a week.

“I’m not sure he’s going to be at camp,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “His back isn’t to where he feels like he can play and practice every day.”

Alfredsson still has an issue with a nerve in his back that occurred late last season.

Alfredsson’s 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 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.

“We’re going to give him all the time he needs to make his decision,” Holland said. “We’re going to be patient. He wants to do what’s right for himself but also what’s right for the Red Wings.”

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.

“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.”

Doesn’t appear Alfredsson will be ready to report to training camp on time

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson continues to be absent during the Wings’ informal on-ice skates at Joe Louis Arena.

“My instincts would probably say that I’m not sure he’ll be able to report to camp on Wednesday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “I want to see how he’s feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours.”

Alfredsson suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a nerve issue in his back.

He didn’t take at all last week and was unable to skate with the team Monday.

The Wings would like to sign Alfredsson to a one-year deal if he’s healthy, even if it’s just to play between 60-65 games.

“If we have to wait a little bit, we will,” Holland said last week. “It’s something minor, but at this point he doesn’t want to push it.”

Alfredsson, 41, could decide to go to camp without a contract in place before deciding on his future.

“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.”

“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 had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 regular season games, but didn’t record a point in the postseason.

Alfredsson has yet to skate this week with team after suffering a minor setback

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.

Alfredsson’s future with the Detroit Red Wings seems a bit murky

DETROIT >> Daniel Alfredsson’s future with the Detroit Red Wings seems a bit murky.

“I think if I was confident enough after last season that if I would start this season as I did last year I would have signed already,” Alfredsson said Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. “I had some issues with my back throughout the year, but nothing serious until the end when I started getting some tingling in the nerves down the right leg. That’s what worries me more than anything.”

Alfredsson, who has an issue with a nerve in his back, is in town taking part in on-ice workouts with a number of other Wings preparing for training camp.
“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. We’ll see.”

Alfredsson said his decision will most likely come before training camp that begins with physicals on Sept. 18.

“We’re going to let Alfie have this week, let have next week and then I’ll see what he thinks,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “If Alfie tells me he feels great and he wants to play hockey then we have to sit down and talk. 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.

“He wants to play, that’s why he’s back here,” Holland continued. “He wants to be fair to the Detroit Red Wings. And he wants to put himself through an everyday test and that starts this week.”

Alfredsson, who resumed skating in Sweden before coming back to Detroit, and his family will remain in Detroit next season no matter what the final decision is on his career.

He had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 regular season games, but didn’t record a point in the postseason.

The nerve issue didn’t start until the end of last season according Alfredsson, who also had a groin and back injury.

“I haven’t experienced a lot of pain with it,” Alfredsson said. “It’s been more with numbness and losing strength in the right leg, which is why you need to put the repetition in to make sure you hold up.”

Alfredsson, 41, added he had surgery roughly three years ago for similar symptoms and afterwards he felt great.

“We don’t want a part-time player, we want a full-time player, so a guy’s got to be healthy, he’s got to be able to skate,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Alfie led our team in scoring last year, without that happening. That’s how good a man he is and that’s how talented he is. But if you start the year injured and you’re 25, you’ve got a chance to finish the year healthy. If you start the year injured and you’re Alfie’s age, the chance of you getting ready to go is a lot harder.”

The Wings have just over $5 million in cap space left and still need to sign restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser which means Alfredsson will have to take a pay cut after making $5.5 million ($2 million in bonuses) last season.

Detroit has 14 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies signed to one-way contracts.