Niklas Kronwall was at a bachelor party just outside Stockholm and he was informed and he was sober and he was still in disbelief.
The day was Friday July 5 and even after having received insider information thanks to phone calls with Henrik Zetterberg who had been in contact with a rogue Swede Kronwall was incredulous.
Daniel Alfredsson was going to be a teammate. There it was in texts and on Twitter. And Kronwall’s night just got better.
“I wasn’t drunk at that point” Kronwall said laughing. “Knowing what day it was I had my phone with me and I kept checking the updates. I had talked to Hank and he’d said that he’d talked to Alfie. But I never thought twice about it because what are the odds?”
The odds seemed long because Alfredsson had spent his entire 17-season NHL career with Ottawa. They were shortened because Alfredsson at age 40 decided he wanted a better shot at winning a first Stanley Cup and so he looked around and judged the best contender.
The pin landed on Detroit...