Daniel Alfredsson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings on the first day of free agency this year. That’s less money than he asked the Ottawa Senators for, but more than they were willing to offer.
After Alfredsson’s much-anticipated news conference Thursday at The Royal Mental Health Centre in Ottawa, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reported what Alfredsson had hinted at earlier:
Daniel Alfredsson's ask: A one year deal for this season at $7 million. A two-year deal at $12 million. Senators offered $4.5 million. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) August 15, 2013
During his first Q-and-A with the Ottawa media since leaving the Senators for the Red Wings, Alfredsson confirmed that he had asked for a contract extension during the summer of 2012, adding, via Garrioch, “Sadly, contract negotiations went nowhere.”
With Alfredsson and the Senators unable to reach an agreement, the Red Wings swooped in with a one-year contract, which could make Alfredsson the third-highest paid player on the team. He will earn $3.5 million in base salary with another $2 million available via what reportedly are very easily attainable bonuses.