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).
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.
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.