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With the signing of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on the first day of free agency, the Red Wings management proved that they are serious about winning a Stanley Cup this season.
No, Daniel Alfredsson isn't the second coming of Steve Yzerman—nothing close as a matter of fact—but Alfredsson does bring some intangibles to the Red Wings, including his special teams play, leadership in the locker room as well as his overall desire to win.
Alfredsson also brings something that Damien Brunner only brought some of the time—his right-handed shot. The 40-year-old Swede doesn't hesitate to let his shot go from the point or top of the circle or wherever else he needs to shoot it from.
Brunner cannot say the same thing, as there were countless times last year where he either fanned or didn't shoot pucks on wide-open chances.
Stephen Weiss will be an excellent replacement for Valtteri Filppula, and he is worth far more than Filppula on paper, as Weiss has hit 42 points or more in every non-lockout season since 2006-07. Filppula has hit 40 points just twice.
Despite the Red Wings' log jam at forward once again, it is abundantly clear that this is a good type of log jam to have, as head coach Mike Babcock can now put his players on lines without having to worry about lack of experience or skill (see Justin Abdelkader on the first line).