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About Daniel Alfredsson
It has been a trend of long-serving captains moving on to greener pastures over the past several months. First Jarome Iginla of the Flames was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins, then ultimately signed with the Boston Bruins after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Longtime Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier was bought out by the team he'd played his whole career for, before landing in Philadelphia. As shocking as both of those developments were, perhaps the biggest shocker of the summer came when 17-year Senators' veteran and team captain Daniel Alfredsson opted not to resign with the team, instead inking a deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Since Alfredsson made the unexpected move both Senators management and Alfredsson and his agent have been slinging a bit of mud at each other, both blaming the other side for letting negotiations fall apart, causing a rift that ultimately had the talented Swede deciding to take his talents to the Motor City.
With the Detroit Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference this year, and joining the same division as the Ottawa Senators, fans of Alfie's former team will have no shortage of opportunities to heap scorn upon their former hero, but will they? Will he endure the same boos in Ottawa as he has in Toronto ever since that infamous incident when he mocked fellow Swede's Mats Sundin's stick throwing tantrum.
Speaking of fellow Swedes, Alfredsson will have plenty of his countrymen on his new team, and that is probably a big reason why he landed where he did. Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, and Johan Franzen are just a sampling of Detroit's many Swedish-born players, and he should feel right at home immediately, playing alongside men he's very familiar with from international competition.
So, does Alfredsson have any more magic in that stick, or did he use up all the gas in his tank during his Ottawa days? Whatever happens you can bet Alfredsson's adventures in Detroit will be one of the more interesting storylines of the 2013-14 season.