Red Wings want Al­fie back

SundayXtra - - SPORTS - By He­lene St. James

DANIEL AL­FREDS­SON hasn’t de­cided whether he’ll re­turn for the 2014-15 sea­son. Why the Red Wings hope he will: He’ll be in Detroit, un­der any cir­cum­stance, as he and his fam­ily al­ready have com­mit­ted to the area for the com­ing school year.

Had solid num­bers de­spite at times get­ting stuck with line­mates far be­low Al­freds­son’s skill level. His 18 power-play points ranked first among Detroit for­wards.

Sure he’ll be 42 in De­cem­ber, but he’s such a smart player, age is ir­rel­e­vant.

Al­freds­son can still skate, and he has nat­u­ral scor­ing in­stincts. The key will be to watch his min­utes and keep him out of back-to-back sit­u­a­tions. Have him fresh for the play­offs, es­pe­cially.

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As for con­cerns that bring­ing back Al­freds­son will fur­ther di­min­ish An­thony Man­tha’s chance of mak­ing the team, be­cause he’d then be one of 16 for­wards in the mix for min­utes in Detroit, it’s not Al­freds­son whom Man­tha will have to el­bow out. For­wards who should be ner­vous about Man­tha are role play­ers like Drew Miller, Joakim An­der­s­son and Luke Glen­den­ing.

Al­freds­son is the type of player who it would ben­e­fit Man­tha to be around — a hum­ble, ex­tremely ded­i­cated pro­fes­sional who has been a star in the NHL for nearly two decades.

Daniel Al­freds­son will turn 42 inDe­cem­ber.

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