May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) reacts as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by left wing James Neal (18) during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Alfredsson A Detroit Red Wing

It’s official: Daniel Alfredsson has left the Ottawa Senators and signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

The 40-year-old Swedish winger is the newest (and biggest name) addition to the Red Wings roster for next year, and it’s a surprising one. Many Red Wings fans took the initial rumors with a grain of salt, remembering last year’s debacle with Ryan Suter (and Zach Parise).

The Deal

He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with an additional $2 million in potential bonuses that will not count against the salary cap.

Why This Is A Good Signing

Alfredsson has been a leader for the Sens for his entire career. His numbers have always stayed relatively steady. If you take out the 2010-2011 season when he missed almost thirty games due to injury, he’s almost at a point per game pace.

He will bring a lot of experience to a roster that will have many more rookies and second-year players that could benefit from the experience. And from the reports, it sounds as though he wants a chance at winning the Stanley Cup, which means he will (hopefully) be on his top game and ready to compete.

Plus, just imagine him playing with the likes of Henrik Zetterberg or Johan Franzen. The Red Wings like their Swedes.

Why This Is A Bad Signing

Alfredsson is 40 years old, going on 41. He’s not a long-term player. He’s not a “quick fix” solution for this Red Wings team.

In the past few seasons, he’s been more prone to injuries than before, but at his age, that happens a lot. Who’s to say it won’t end up like a Mike Modano situation where he starts to get on his game and mesh with the team, only to go down with a season-ending injury?

That’s the risk with any free agent, of course.

This really cannot be seen as a bad signing, unless you’re an Ottawa Senators fan. It certainly is one of the more interesting ones of the off-season so far, because most people didn’t expect Alfredsson to leave Ottawa. Expect Alfredsson to make some sort of impact on this team.

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