Daniel Alfredsson could be on the verge of retiring

Daniel Alfredsson might have played his last game in the NHL. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Daniel Alfredsson's career appears likely over.

Colleague Darren Dreger from TSN broke the story Friday that the former Ottawa Senators captain and current Detroit Red Wing has decided not to play this season.

Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, declined comment when reached by ESPN.com. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland also declined comment when reached by ESPN.com.

If Alfdredsson, who turns 42 on Dec. 11, isn't playing this season, one has to assume he has played his last NHL game.

A recurring back injury was a major issue for him last season, and it continued to be one this fall, as he attempted to skate in the hopes of re-signing with the Red Wings.