Alfreddson, 41, skated with 20 other Red Wings on Wednesday ahead of the preseason starting later this month. He said he hopes to make a decision sometime during the next two weeks.
He said he was bothered by a nerve tingling in his right leg at the end of last season. From the Free Press:
“That’s what worries me more than anything,” Alfredsson said. "It feels pretty good. I just gotta make sure, when you do it every day for a couple weeks, go from there. Want to make sure it holds up.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the team will need Alfredsson to be available for the entire season if he decides to return.
“He has to decide whether he can play or not,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said today. “We don’t want a part-time player.”
Alfredsson led the team in scoring last season with 18 goals and 31 assists.
Injuries hampered the Red Wings last season, with a number of veterans -- including Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk -- missing extended time. Detroit still made the playoffs for the 23rd straight season.
- Paul Palladino