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Mar 20, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save on Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Should Daniel Alfredsson Return to the Red Wings?

The free agent frenzy of 2013 dealt the Wings the likes of a veteran forward in Daniel Alfredsson. It was perhaps the most exciting move made that year. Alfie brought some undeniably strong offensive talent to the lineup but the question still remains.

Should he return for the 2014-15 season?

His production was noticeable from the beginning. After spending the first 18 years of his career with the Senators he skated his way into the hearts of Red Wings fans putting up 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games. He tied for top points with defenseman Niklas Kronwall. But can the legend live on another season?

Only if his back problems subside.

Alfredsson missed roughly 20 games during the regular and post season due to back spasms and other back related injuries. This is not uncommon in players that have been in the game as long as he has but it really puts a damper on the games where we need the production.

An injured player may as well just be a blank roster spot. Even calling up players from the minors leaves a learning curve to be overcome, and with just a few games to catch up it can spell disaster for the team.

One thing is for sure; if Alfie returns to the NHL it will be with the Detroit Red Wings. Szymon Szember tweets.

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Alfredsson will skate and see how his back feels. From there the decision will be made.

I think that Alfie is a strong asset and is useful in just about every situation you can put him in, but only if he is healthy. I see retirement as the only option if he could possibly be out another 20 games during the season.

I want to know what you think!

Would you welcome Daniel back to Detroit or would you rather see him retire?

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