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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.

Alfredsson and Wings in no hurry to get a deal done; August will be when decision is made according to Holland

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.

Wings set to meet with agents for Niskanen, Boyle and many others Thursday in Philadelphia

DETROIT >> The ability of teams to meet with pending free agents prior to the signing date helped the Wings land Daniel Alfredsson last season.

They hope it helps them land another top free agent, this time a defenseman, when players can finally sign on July 1.

“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s excellent for the players.”

The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday.

The Wings’ top priority this free agent period is landing a top-four defenseman, one that preferably is a right-handed shot. They would also like to acquire a top-six forward if terms are right.

Defensemen Dan Boyle (New York Islanders) and Matt Niskanen (Pittsburgh) seem to be the perfect fit and the Wings will meet with their agents Thursday in Philadelphia.

Niskanen, 27, is most likely looking for a lengthy deal, probably a maximum seven years, to sign, which the Wings would be OK with, but they’re not going to break the bank to get him. They may not want to pay him much more annually than what Niklas Kronwall ($4.75 million) is making.

Boyle is older, he’ll turn 38 next month, and reportedly drawing interest from a number of teams, including Toronto and the New York Rangers.

Other possible blue line targets are Anton Stralman (Rangers), Tom Gilbert (Florida) and Stephane Robidas (Anaheim).

“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.”

This is the second year of this “pitching” period, which was written into the latest collective bargaining agreement.

But unlike last year, teams can now discuss general parameters of a contract, but they still can’t make an offer or reach any agreement.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland said. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”

Last season the Wings’ pitch to Alfredsson convinced the long-time forward to leave Ottawa where he had spent his entire career and sign with Detroit.

They also did the same to sign Stephen Weiss, who had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers.

Detroit has close to $54 million tied up in 18 players for next season, which includes the $3 million from bonuses for Alfredsson, Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar that carry over from last season.

With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million, it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend, some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.

“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”

Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who’s unrestricted, is expected to hit the open market.

Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary, who was promised a possible extension after signing a one-year deal on the first day of training camp, could both re-signed as well.

“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said last week.

Cleary, 35, struggled last season. In 52 games he totaled four goals, four assists and had a minus-11 rating.

Cleary tried to return from a knee injury he suffered before the Olympic break, but a bad reaction to an injection that he had no side effects two times earlier made his knee inflamed.

“He’s coming off a real tough season,” Holland said. “I know he’s working really hard to try and get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year.”

Cleary spurned a professional tryout from the Philadelphia Flyers and wound up signing a one-year deal to return to the Wings for $1.75 million on the eve of training camp.

He also shot down a report that he was offered a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season to join the Flyers.

Signing Cleary put the Wings three players over the roster limit and just over $2 million over the salary cap.

Cleary had rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers prior to the opening of free agency they moved on and signed Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Weiss (five years, $24.5 million).

Teams begin first day of sales pitches to free agents

DETROIT >> The ability of teams to meet with pending free agents prior to the signing date helped the Wings land Daniel Alfredsson last season.

They’re hoping it does the same this time around.

“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview. “It’s excellent for the players.”

The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday. Teams can begin signing players on July 1.

“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland added. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”

Last season the Wings’ pitch to Alfredsson convinced the long-time forward to leave Ottawa where he had spent his entire career and sign with Detroit.

They also did the same to sign Stephen Weiss, who had spent his entire career with the Florida Panthers.

This is the second year of this “meet and greet” period, which was written into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But unlike last year, teams can now discuss general parameters of a contract, but they still can’t make an offer or reach any agreement.

The Wings’ top priority this free agent period is landing a top-four defenseman, one that preferably is a right-handed shot. They would also like to acquire top-six forward if terms are right.

Defenseman Dan Boyle (New York Islanders) seems to be the perfect fit for the Wings.

Detroit has close to $54 million tied up in 18 players for next season, which includes the $3 million from bonuses for Daniel Alfredsson, Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar that carry over from last season.

With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.

“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”

Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who’s unrestricted, is expected to hit the open market.

Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary, who was promised a possible extension after signing a one-year deal on the first day of training camp, could both re-signed as well.

“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

Cleary, 35, struggled last season. In 52 games he totaled four goals, four assists and had a minus-11 rating.

Cleary tried to return from a knee injury he suffered before the Olympic break, but a bad reaction to an injection that he had no side effects two times earlier made his knee inflamed.

“He’s coming off a real tough season,” Holland said. “I know he’s working really hard to try and get some leg strength to give himself the best opportunity he can for a bounce back year.”

Cleary spurned a professional tryout from the Philadelphia Flyers and wound up signing a one-year deal to return to the Wings for $1.75 million on the eve of training camp.

He also shot down a report that he was offered a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season to join the Flyers.

Signing Cleary put the Wings three players over the roster limit and just over $2 million over the salary cap.

Cleary had rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers prior to the opening of free agency they moved on and signed Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Weiss (five years, $24.5 million).

Another season with Wings appears likely for Alfredsson

DETROIT >> When Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson all but said if he returns for a 19th season he would do so with the Red Wings.

It appears he’s getting closer to making a decision to do just that.

“He’s thinking about returning,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “We’ll talk more before July first.”

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.

“He’s not announcing he’s retiring so we’ll have another conversation,” said Holland, who added there a lot of trade talks heading up to the draft in Philadelphia this weekend. “There are a lot of unknowns. I’ll meet with the agents of our restricted free agents. All these things factor into what I’m thinking.”

Holland also plans to talk the agents of restricted free agents Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser this week and hopefully Riley Sheahan.

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.