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Will Daniel Alfredsson play next season?

Detroit Red Wings star Gustav Nyquist got a big smile on his face when asked if Daniel Alfredsson would return next season.

"I hope so," Nyquist told ESPN.com on Monday. "He’s a great, great hockey player and unbelievable leader as well."

Alfredsson is skating with the Red Wings regulars in Detroit. He’s still an unrestricted free agent and undecided about his future. This was the plan he agreed upon with Detroit general manager Ken Holland in late June.

"I said to Alfie: `I’ll do whatever I do on July 1, you train all summer like you’re going to play, get to Detroit in early September, skate every day for a couple of weeks and then right before camp, let’s see where you’re at,'" Holland told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun last week.

"If he’s healthy and wants to play, we can then sit down and talk about a contract."

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun contributed to this report.