The rumors that have been circulating all morning are now confirmed, former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has signed on to play with the Red Wings for the 2013-14 season.
The deal according to TSN is a one-year deal for $3.5 million dollars. There is also a chance the 40-year old right winger could earn an extra $2 million in bonuses.
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
According to reports earlier this morning, Alfredsson informed the Senators last night that he wouldn’t re-sign with them after spending 14 seasons in the Canadian capital. It was also reported that money wasn’t an issue only that he wanted a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
Obviously Alfredsson’s age stands out to many however fans really need to look past that in Alfredsson’s case. He’s a piece to the puzzle and a 20+ goal scorer that wasn’t going to command more than $4 million dollars in guaranteed salary. Plus the one-year deal offers up the chance for the Wings to continue to develop their younger talent.
NOTES: According to Helene St. James it was revealed in negotiations that Valtteri Filppula believes he’s a No.1 center in the league and believes he should be paid as such. Also Dan Cleary is contemplating offers from the Wings and Dallas Stars while TSN believes Damien Brunner is on his way out of Detroit since hitting the open market.