As the NHL's free agency frenzy draws closer, one pending unrestricted free agent has already made a decision for next season.
At least from a residing standpoint.
Daniel Alfredsson, who signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings last season, is set to become a UFA when July 1 rolls around. The question isn't will he sign with another team, but will he play another season?
The 41-year old native of Sweden has told his family that they will be staying in Detroit for the 2014-15 NHL season (and school year), writes The Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James. Whether he plays with the Red Wings next season remains to be determined.
"He told us he really wants to play for us in Detroit, or else he's not going to play," general manager Ken Holland said. "He feels good, but he'd like to feel a little bit better."
"He really would like to play again." Holland added, "He'd like to take one more chance to try to be a playoff team and go on a longer playoff run than we did. A long, long playoff run."
Alfredsson tallied 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 68 games for the Red Wings last season. Back issues sidelined him at times last season, and continue to keep him from making a decision on his future.
If he chooses to play another season, the Wings will give him a bonus-heavy deal to keep cap space open.
Just don't expect a decision until August at the earliest
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