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By Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
In the hours before the start of free agency at noon on Friday, the Detroit Red Wings were planning to execute the biggest coup in recent memory.
At noon, long-time Ottawa Senators captain, Daniel Alfredsson, signed a one-year $3.5 million contract with Detroit. The contract is bonus laden and can net Alfredsson as much as $5.5 million. Those bonuses can be deferred to next season.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson has played all 17 seasons of his storied NHL career in Ottawa. He has scored 426 goals and 682 assists for 1108 points in 1178 regular season games.
In that time, Ottawa missed the playoffs three times. Alfredsson remained consistent scoring 51 goals and 49 assists for 100 points in 121 playoff games. Despite regular season success, including four division titles and one President’s Trophy, and playoff success, including one Eastern Conference championship, Ottawa never won the Stanley Cup during Alfredsson’s time in Canada’s capital...