The Detroit Red Wings made an early splash during Friday’s free agent frenzy, signing former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year deal. While there was some immediate criticism about Alfredsson’s age and questions whether he can still contribute, adding the veteran winger to the roster should prove to be a great move. On top of that, a one-year deal carries minimal risk. Alfredsson wants to win a Stanley Cup before he retires, and felt the Red Wings gave him the best chance. His other top choice was the Boston Bruins, but given the mass exodus that team saw on Friday, a return to the Stanley Cup Finals is unlikely. The Red Wings managed to take the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to overtime of a seventh game in the second round of this year’s playoffs, despite being written off by many at the start of the season. The addition of Alfredsson should only improve things offensively, and the team was also able to land center Stephen Weiss before the day was through.
Alfredsson has scored 426 goals and recorded 1108 points in his career, while appearing in nearly 1200 games for the Seantors. He had 10 goals and 26 points in 47 games last season, and added 10 points in 10 playoff games. He may be 40 years old, but playing with fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson, Gustav Nyquist and Niklas Kronwall may help rejuvenate him and get that shot at the Cup. Alfredsson stands to make $3.5 million next season, with another $2 million in bonuses possible.