Free Agent Frenzy Sees Alfredsson Land With Wings10:01 AM
By Chris Doud
Daniel Alfredsson is synonymous with the red sweater of the Ottawa Senators. The seventeen year NHL veteran was the unquestioned leader both on the ice and in the community for all those years in the Canadian Capital, but after nearly two decades north of the border, the former Senator captain will don a new red sweater: that of the Detroit Red Wings.
The Swedish star sent shockwaves through the hockey world early Friday when free agency opened by electing not to re-up with the Senators and inking a one year deal with Detroit. After playing many seasons being paid under his market value, Alfredsson's charge against the Detroit salary cap will be $5.5M (his salary is now $3.5M, however with $2M in bonuses available tied into his deal those as well count to the cap hot under the newly minted CBA).
Alfredsson joins a squad that is now a divisional rival of his former long time club under re-alignment, as well as one primed to make a run at a division crown. Detroit nearly pushed the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the brink in their second round conference semi final matchup this past spring, and with the addition of Alfredsson the core group that consists of superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk and solid goaltending from Jimmy Howard boasts championship aspirations of their own.
Asked why he chose not to stay with his longtime club: "It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup, a big priority for me...I feel that in Ottawa they are getting closer and closer and they have a really bright future in front of them, but at this point in my career there's not much left, I don't have the time to wait for that."