Red Wings sign Alfredsson to 1-year deal
Update 2: The deal is now official.
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
Alfredsson chose to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, continuing his Stanley Cup pursuit wearing an unfamiliar jersey.
He played all 1,178 games of his NHL career with the Senators, putting up 426 goals and 682 assists. The 40-year-old right wing joins fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson in Detroit.
Alfredsson said at the end of the season that the one thing he had yet to accomplish was win a Stanley Cup. The Red Wings were eliminated in the conference semifinals just like the Senators but won the Cup in 2008. Alfredsson only recently told the Senators he would play the 2013-14 season instead of retiring.
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray seemed so confident Alfredsson would return that he said in a statement in late June that the long-time captain was "committed to play next year for the Senators." Instead, he'll be playing for the Red Wings.
with files from The Canadian Press
UPDATE: According to multiple reports, Alfredsson will sign with the Detroit Red Wings.
Daniel Alfredsson will play for the Red Wings next season. Lots of swedish players in Detroit. #RDS— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 5, 2013
According to multiple sources, Daniel Alfredsson will not return to the Ottawa Senators next season and it appears as if the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins are the favorites to retain his services.
I firmly believe Alfredsson is leaving Ottawa. I believe Sens are aware of this. I also believe Detroit is the frontrunner. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 5, 2013
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 5, 2013
Alfredsson has been with the Senators for his entire 17-year NHL career, making his debut in the 1995-96 season. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie this year and holds the Senators record for regular season games played, goals, assists, and points. Last season, he scored 10 goals and 26 points in 47 games.