Alfredsson (back) will not play this season and his retirement could come as soon as Monday.
Monday would be a fitting date because the Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators; the only two teams Alfie ever played for. Despite playing in just 68 games in his first season in Detroit, Alfredsson finished tied for the team lead in points (49) and had 18 goals. He did tell the Wings in June that he wanted to play another season, but he needed to make sure his back could hold up before finally deciding on his future.
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 today. "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 (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Friday.
This morning was the first time that Alfredsson skated since Sunday's game. The Red Wings have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, so don't be surprised if Alfie sits tonight and returns on Saturday vs. the Canadiens.
Alfredsson (back) is skating for the first time since Sunday's game.
Alfredsson missed Wednesday's game and did not skate again on Thursday, his status for tonight's game is in question, but his presence on the ice this morning is a good sign. Monitor his status after the skate.
Alfredsson (lower-body) did not skate for the third straight day.
Alfredsson missed Wednesday's win over the Bruins and did not skate again this morning. The Red Wings are in action on Friday, so his status for that game looks rather cloudy. The Red Wings have a plethora of young talent on the club right now, so they will likely let Alfie rest until he is 100 per cent.
Alfredsson was held out of practice on Tuesday, but said that he expects to play tonight vs. the Bruins. He did not skate again this morning and head coach Mike Babcock confirmed that Alfie will be out of the lineup tonight. Consider him day-to-day.
Alfredsson missed practice Tuesday but is expected to play on Wednesday.
Tuesday was classified as a maintenance day for the veteran Swedish forward. He has picked up three goals and five assists in his last nine games and with the return of Pavel Datsyuk around the corner, that should bolster the Red Wings power-play and likely Alfie's PP numbers.
Alfredsson (back) could return to the Red WIngs lineup Friday.
Alfredsson had his third good skating session in a row today with no setbacks. “I’m going to talk with the coaches and medical staff after practice (Friday) and go from there,” Alfredsson said. “A little more intense these last two days, but I feel good and I don’t expect anything will change until tomorrow.” Alfredsson has missed six games with lower back inflammation. Coach Mike Babcock said a decision on Alfredsson’s status will be made after the morning skate.
Alfredsson (back) will not play on Wednesday, Friday is a possibility.
Alfredsson was on the ice with the Red Wings once again this morning, but ruled himself out of tomorrow's meeting with the Blackhawks. It will be the sixth consecutive game that Alfie has missed, but hopefully for the injury ravaged Red Wings he will be available for Friday.
Alfredsson did not play on Saturday night and will be forced to miss tonight's contest vs. the Ducks as well. The Red Wings are off until Thursday, so they are likely taking the safe route with their injury forwards, as Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Darren Helm all won't play either.