Red Wings‘ Alfredsson could soon retire

DETROIT — More and more signs are pointing to Daniel Alfredsson retiring rather than returning to the Detroit Red Wings.

Afredsson, less than two months shy of his 42nd birthday, is no longer skating at Joe Louis Arena, and last week told general manager Ken Holland that there wasn’t much of a chance that that would change.

“He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn’t getting over the hump,” Holland told the Free Press Wednesday. “He would feel good, push it and have a setback. He was frustrated because he was not able to get to the point where he wants to be at to tell me he wants to practice with us.”

Holland told Alfredsson to take more time, that the Wings are “prepared to wait a little longer.” It’s dubious that anything will change, however.

Alfredsson, a native of Sweden, is still in Detroit, as he and his family all along made plans to live in the metro area through the 2014-15 school year. Alfredsson joined the Wings in the summer of 2013, after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, and, by all accounts, relished his time with the Wings.

The satisfaction was mutual, as the Wings told Alfredsson after last spring’s playoff elimination that he’d be welcome for an encore. Alfredsson wanted back, too, but was wary of recurring back pain that limited him to 68 games last season.

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