The Detroit Red Wings don’t need a forward per se, as they already have 13 forwards signed to a one-way contract, but don’t think they won’t be listening if and when Daniel Alfredsson decides he wants to play another season. It’s likely he will and if he does, expect Red Wings GM Ken Holland to welcome Alfredsson to the team with arms wide open.
“My take is we’re probably going to try to do something with Alfie,” Holland told Ansar Khan at M-Live. “He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable.”
Alfredsson tied defenseman Niklas Kronwall for the team lead in points last season with 49 points. Resident point wizards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were injured and could only muster 45 games played each, which put the onus on Alfredsson, who will be 42 in December.
Because he’s getting long in the tooth, Ken Holland doesn’t expect a full season from Alfredsson, just enough to get the team through the long NHL season.
“Certainly, I don’t look at Alfie thinking he’s going to play 82 games,” Holland said. “When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.”