Daniel Alfredsson spent 17 fruitful seasons with the Ottawa Senators and he established himself as one of the greatest Swedish players in NHL history in that time. It seemed unlikely that Alfredsson would ever put on another sweater, but the 40-year-old winger has signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
UPDATE: Friday, July 5, at 4:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Yahoo! Sports' Nick Cotsonika provided a quote from Alfredsson:
Alfredsson: "It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup, a big priority for me."— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) July 5, 2013
Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch added to that:
"This is a chance to go for a Stanley Cup and fulfill my dream," said Alfredsson. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 5, 2013
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The team announced the deal on its Twitter feed Friday afternoon.
According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Alfie will ink a one-year contract with the Wings when free agency officially opens on Friday:
Can confirm what has been reported, Daniel Alfredsson will sign 1-year deal with Red Wings after noon.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 5, 2013
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun confirmed the deal and gave us some figures on the contract:
As per @DarrenDreger, Wings deal has been agreed upon with Alfredsson, one year, $5.5 M (including $2 M in bonuses)— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
This move comes as a surprise to many, as the general consensus seemed to be that Alfredsson would either re-sign with the Sens or retire. Perhaps the allure of winning a championship led Alfredsson away from Ottawa, though, as hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup is essentially the only thing he has yet to accomplish.
Is Alfredsson making the right decision?
Aside from that missing accolade, Alfredsson's resume is incredibly impressive. He served as the Senators' captain and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Final back in 2006-07. Alfredsson has also had a great deal of regular-season success, with career totals of 426 goals and 682 assists.
Alfredsson is a six-time All-Star and won an Olympic gold medal with Sweden in 2006.
Alfredsson's move to Detroit is even more interesting when taking the divisional realignment into account. The Red Wings will be making the jump from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference and will be in the same division as Ottawa.
Seeing Alfredsson in the red and white of the Red Wings rather than the red and white of the Senators will likely be surreal for many Ottawa fans, and it will be interesting to see what type of reception he is greeted with when he returns to Canadian Tire Centre.
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