Unless Daniel Alfredsson's health takes a turn for the worse over the next month, he'll likely return for his 19th NHL season, his second with the Detroit Red Wings.

"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable."

Alfredsson, 41, intended to start skating this week in Sweden, in part to see how his back responds. He's expected to skate with many Red Wings players the first week of September, prior to training camp on Sept. 18.

"Certainly, I don't look at Alfie thinking he's going to play 82 games," Holland said. "When you got (Gustav) Nyquist and (Tomas) Tatar and (Tomas) Jurco and (Luke) Glendening and (Riley) Sheahan, if we can get a certain amount of games out of (Alfredsson), we would feel like he would be a real positive addition.

"But at the end of the day I think he wants to (skate) and we want to see him skate every day for 2-3 weeks and then let's see how he feels."

The Red Wings are about $5.2 million under the $69 million salary cap. They expect to sign restricted free-agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser before training camp.

Alfredsson's contract likely will contain a bonus clause that can he applied to the 2015-16 salary cap. He said after the season that if he plays another year it will be only with the Red Wings.

If Alfredsson returns, the team will have 14 forwards on one-way contracts, as well as Tomas Jurco, who's still on his entry-level deal and can be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins without going through waivers.