At 41 years old, there’s no doubt Daniel Alfredsson’s best days are behind him. However, the Swede is thinking about going one more season in the NHL.
According to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, Alfredsson has “indicated a desire to return for his 19th NHL season and is talking with the Detroit Red Wings.”
The Red Wings want to bring him back, but it will depend on the price and what kind of moves they make at this weekend’s entry draft in Philadelphia.
Alfredsson’s cap hit was $3.5 million last year, but he made $5.5 with an added bonus. He was tied for the team lead with Niklas Kronwall in points with 49 and was third on the team in goals with 18 in 68 games played.
He stayed relatively healthy considering only Kyle Quincey and Drew Miller made it through the entire season without suffering an injury, but he was hampered by groin and back issues that caused him to miss two playoff games against Boston.
If Alfredsson does come back, it will have to be less than the $5.5 million he made last year.
I’m all for bringing Alfredsson back, but that’s only if the Red Wings can’t make any deals for another scoring forward. I’d rather see Marian Gaborik, Jarome Iginla or Matt Moulson in a Red Wings uniform before Alfredsson, but if Detroit can’t hit on any of these free agents, then I have no problems re-signing Alfredsson.
I wondered last year how much Alfredsson would have in the tank come April and May, but he was plenty active when the Red Wings were missing their key players in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. However, another year older means Alfredsson might lose just a bit more jump in his game.
Alfredsson showed he can play top-six minutes as well as drop down to the third line and provide depth.
It sounds like Alfredsson has enjoyed his time in Detroit, and the Red Wings could use his experience and leadership skills as the kids continue to grow.
Plus, who could forget this moment from HBO’s 24/7 when Alfredsson helped his family set up the Christmas decorations? What a guy.