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Red Wings still waiting on Alfredsson: report

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The Detroit Red Wings still are waiting on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play this season, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Alfredsson, 41, has stopped skating at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and the Free Press reported he told Red Wings general manager Ken Holland last week that he wasn't sure when he would start again.

"He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn't getting over the hump," Holland told the Free Press on 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."

According to the Free Press, Holland told Alfredsson that the Red Wings are willing to wait for him to make a decision.

"I told him to take a period of time, let his body tell him whether he can play or not," Holland said. "I know he doesn't come to the rink. I talked to him a week ago; he wanted to know if we needed him to make a decision. I told him I can wait a little longer."

Last season, his first with Detroit after spending his first 17 NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Alfredsson tied for the Red Wings lead with 49 points in 68 games. He had hoped his back would be strong enough for him to return to the Red Wings for a second season but he sustained a setback during informal skates before training camp started.

In 1,246 career games, Alfredsson has 444 goals and 1,157 points. He's second all-time among Swedish players in NHL history in goals and points, and third in games played and assists (713).

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