Red Wings want Alfie back
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.