It was a crazy day in free agency.
For probably the first time since they signed Marian Hossa, the Detroit Red Wings were in a flurry of signings on Day One of free agency.
The biggest news of the day, of course, was the departure of Daniel Alfredsson from the Ottawa Senators. What made it even crazier was that he chose Detroit as his destination. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the potential of an additional $2 million in bonuses that don’t count against the salary cap.
Elsewhere in the world of Red Wings hockey:
-Valtteri Filppula signed a five year, $25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. That honestly seems like a decent fit to me, but I have a soft spot for Filppula, and to see him playing under Steve Yzerman‘s regime is okay by me.
-According to Ansar Khan at Mlive, Damien Brunner turned down a two- or three-year contract with the Red Wings and is seeking an opportunity elsewhere. He had an awesome start in the NHL from the Swiss League
-Surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, Ken Holland is still in contact with Dan Cleary‘s agent. Cleary found his niche with this Red Wings team when he was invited to training came after the 2004-2005 lockout. He has been a very dependable player (minus some serious knee injuries that have hindered him from time to time) and it should not come as surprising that Holland is trying to hold onto him.
-Not exactly Red Wings-related, but Matt Cooke signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. That means he is no longer with the Pittsburgh Penguins and we will be seeing him a lot less during the regular season.
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