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Daniel Alfredsson will turn 41 this coming season and is obviously over the hill in terms of his abilities as a hockey player. But the 40-year-old Swede has the heart of a warrior, seeking his first-ever Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings.
Alfredsson still fills a big hole for the Red Wings at right wing. He is the most experienced and talented natural right wing to play for the Red Wings since Brendan Shanahan.
The longtime Ottawa Senators' captain also doesn't shy away from playing on the special teams and can play top minutes, albeit somewhat less effectively than he could just five years ago.
The Red Wings are taking a gamble on Alfredsson, with a contract worth up to $5.5 million with performance bonuses, via CapGeek.
Plain and simple, Alfredsson is a high-risk, potential high-reward signing for the Red Wings. The money is the risk, but more so the cap space than the money.
The bottom line is that if he can put up the points-per-game that he averaged this past season with the Senators, the Red Wings will be in good shape. That translates to roughly 45 points in an 82-game season. Whether Alfredsson can bring that kind of offense into his 40s remains to be seen, however.