Red Wings’ Daniel Alfredsson, 41, will miss part of training camp with back injury

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Red Wings will start training camp Wednesday, but Daniel Alfredsson likely won’t be there.

Alfredsson didn’t skate during Monday’s informal conditioning skate — he hasn’t participated in them since early last week — as he continues to be hindered by nerve issues in his lower back.

“Alfie is frustrated and disappointed, and so am I for Alfie,” general manager Ken Holland said. “I’ve got a call out to Alfie’s agent, and I’ll talk with Piet Van Zant (the Red Wings’ trainer) and I’ll know more after talking to them.

“I know Alfie is still committed (to attempt to play), he wants to give his body time to heal, and we’re going to give him time.”

Alfredsson, 41, is debating whether to retire or play one more season.

He skated during the opening days of the conditioning skates at Joe Louis Arena, but was derailed by his back last week. Alfredsson was troubled by lower back problems late last season and in the playoffs.

The Red Wings have physicals Thursday in Traverse City and are on the ice for the first time the next day at Centre Ice Arena.

Alfredsson had 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games last season.

DeKeyser update

Holland said he talked with representatives for defenseman Danny DeKeyser today and plans to do so again Tuesday, as the Red Wings and DeKeyser attempt to work out a contract before training camp begins.

DeKeyser, a restricted free agent, is the lone Red Wings player still not unsigned.

“We’ll continue to talk,” Holland said. “You want to get a deal done.”

Ice chip

... Defenseman Aaron Rome will attend training camp on a professional tryout.

The 6-foot-1, 218-pound left-hander had one assist in 25 games for the Stars last season. He also has played for the Ducks, Blue Jackets and Canucks.

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