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It appears that Daniel Alfredsson will sign with the Red Wings at noon today

Updated 15x at 11:37 AM:

Update from George: Gnus to follow jump cut:

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Also: Daniel Alfredsson is one of my favorite players ever. I have a Senators jersey with Alfredsson's name on it. I don't care about the fact that he's 40. I will be ECSTATIC if the Wings do sign him.

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Why a 40-year-old Alfredsson? He can score 20 goals and he's not asking for $6 million or more like Clarkson or Horton.

Update #8: MLive's Ansar Khan, via RedWingsFeed, has filed a report:

Daniel Alfredsson, the face of the franchise for the Ottawa Senators the past 17 seasons, appears poised to join the Detroit Red Wings.

No deal can be agreed to until noon, when free agency begins, but tsn.ca insiders Darren Dreger and Bob MacKenzie are reporting the Red Wings are the front-runners for the 40-year center.

Early indications are that he could sign a one-year deal for $3.5 million, plus incentives.

Alfredsson, who is in Sweden, spoke to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland on Thursday. He also had been considering the Boston Bruins.

The Red Wings' primary need is a second-line center because Valtteri Filppula is certain to sign elsewhere. The right-handed shooting Alfredsson had 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games this past season.

Alfredsson likely would be paired with fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg on the second line.

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From Garrioch:

Daniel Alfredsson has decided to move on, sources say.

After 17 seasons with the Senators, league sources told the Sun Friday morning the longest-serving captain in the NHL informed the club this morning he won’t be returning.

It is expected Alfredsson, 40, will sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but the Boston Bruins are still in the mix. It’s believed Alfredsson called Senators GM Bryan Murray Friday morning and let him know he was going elsewhere.

This will be shocking news for the people of Ottawa, but Alfredsson informed the club before unrestricted free agency because he wanted to give the Senators time to find a replacement.

more to come ...

 

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Update #13: Why the Wings are going after Alfredsson, per Khan:

The Red Wings' primary need is a second-line center because Valtteri Filppula is certain to sign elsewhere. Their primary target is Florida's Stephen Weiss, but he is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth upwards of $6 million per season. That's too much for the Red Wings, who don't want to get locked into such a long term.

Sportsnet: is more or less confirming,

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Zqto's avatar

Ah, I’m going crazy again today, it seens

I know I should stop reading these gossips, but I CAN’T!!!!

Posted by Zqto on 07/05/13 at 10:13 AM ET

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Why do we like to torture ourselves so?  It’s paradoxical.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/05/13 at 10:17 AM ET

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At the end of the day, we’ll be reading how Ken only bothered to sign Cleary to too long and too much.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/05/13 at 10:26 AM ET

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As a Sens fan, I’d hate to have to want the Wings to finish last in the league, as I like their fanbase, but if this happens…

Posted by Chris M on 07/05/13 at 10:28 AM ET

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I didn’t watch Albertson one game last year so can’t comment.  If it’s for one year there is not too much of a risk at all.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 10:31 AM ET

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I would to see this signing, especially if its for a year.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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As a Sens fan, I’d hate to have to want the Wings to finish last in the league, as I like their fanbase, but if this happens…

Posted by Chris M on 07/05/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Is there hesitation by Ottawa to resign him?  Too much money?  Or they just want to move forward?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 10:32 AM ET

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Sign Alfredsson, bring up the iron hook. Swede up this place (more)
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Actually he would be another great mentor for the next generation of swedes on his team. Someone they respect and a great leader. He might be a great Redwing style player coach fo those kids.

Posted by lancer on 07/05/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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Actually he would be another great mentor for the next generation of swedes on his team. Someone they respect and a great leader. He might be a great Redwing style player coach fo those kids.

Posted by lancer on 07/05/13 at 10:35 AM ET

I think this is something the Wings have lacked for several years, and certainly now that Draper is gone.  The team has a lot of “lead by example” guys, but not a lot of vocal leadership.  I don’t know if Alfredsson is that guy or not, but if he is his value could be higher on the bench than it might be on the ice.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 10:37 AM ET

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Is there hesitation by Ottawa to resign him?  Too much money?  Or they just want to move forward?

Not sure what is happening. Ottawa says they want him back. He has always maintained he never wanted to play elsewhere, even when the team a) was going through financial troubles and b) sucked. There is more to this story if he does in fact leave…

Posted by Chris M on 07/05/13 at 10:38 AM ET

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Getting an old Afredsson, while letting a young Filpula go doesn’t make much sense.

Posted by timbits on 07/05/13 at 10:42 AM ET

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Alfie’s leaving Ottawa…I REALLY didn’t see that coming. It’s gotta be Detroit, right? Today is going piss me off yet, I know it.

Cleary to Dallas…yes please.

Posted by godblender on 07/05/13 at 10:43 AM ET

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timbits, you cleary haven’t been following Kenny Holland’s post-cap tenure.  Makes PERFECT sense actually.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 10:44 AM ET

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Getting an old Afredsson, while letting a young Filpula go doesn’t make much sense.
Posted by timbits on 07/05/13 at 10:42 AM ET

For 5-6 a year it makes sense. Not sure why anyone would think Flip is worth anything over 4 per

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/05/13 at 10:44 AM ET

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Getting an old Afredsson, while letting a young Filpula go doesn’t make much sense.

If they sign Alfredsson for one year and pass on Fil it will be the best “move” Holland’s made in years, and I don’t even really like Alfredsson.

Posted by godblender on 07/05/13 at 10:45 AM ET

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In Detroit, he’s closer to understanding their system.  He’s surrounded by Olympian swedes.  I’d put my money on Detroit if he’s not going back to Ottowa.

Bonjour

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 10:46 AM ET

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Only if you suffer from the misconception that Filppula is as good as his infrequent flashes make him look. 

Also; dollars and term matter.  5m/5 for Filppula is a worse deal than 4m/1 for Alfy.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/05/13 at 10:46 AM ET

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If this is at all true, I’m shocked.  Love Alfie. would love to see him play for the Wings on a short term contract, but why would he leave Ottawa now that they seem to be shaping up into a contender?  Unless its problems with MacLean, which would kind of make\ sense since they just gave him a 3 year extension.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/13 at 10:47 AM ET

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Multiple sources suggesting Daniel Alfredsson not likely to return OTT. DET appears to be frontrunner. Stay tuned to see where this one goes

Wow, if Bobby’s sayin it, it must have legs.  He’s the only digger worth listening to.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/13 at 10:50 AM ET

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Boston is Swede heavy too now. Eriksson, Sodeberg could use mentoring.  Also have a backup goalie from Sweden in Svedberg. 

But I wouldn’t make too much of the Swedish mentoring connection bring a draw.  Ottawa has Karlsson, Zibanejad, Silvferberg (the last two who could learn a looooot from Alfie) and he’s walking away from them.  Detroit does offer peers rather than potential mentorees.  I feel like Kronwall, Samuelsson, are more his generation than all of the aforementioned folks.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/05/13 at 10:54 AM ET

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Alfredsson is an model NHL player. Close to 450 goals and 700 assists. Getting him would be great.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 07/05/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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Alfredsson is not asking for $6+ million like Horton or Clarkson, and he can post 20 goals.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/05/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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Also; dollars and term matter.  5m/5 for Filppula is a worse deal than 4m/1 for Alfy.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/05/13 at 10:46 AM ET

Word.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 10:59 AM ET

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he can put the biscuit in the basket.  for 3.5 I’m good with that.  I don’t think the Wings can stand not having someone on the roster over 40.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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Getting an old Afredsson, while letting a young Filpula go doesn’t make much sense.

Why not?  One is a scoring winger who put up 26 points last year and is exactly the type of winger the Wings need, the other is a centre put up 17 points, continues to underwhelm and who has repeatedly proven he isn’t a #1/2 centre but wants to be paid as if he is.

What does one have to do with the other?

 

Posted by Garth on 07/05/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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Alfredsson is not asking for $6+ million like Horton or Clarkson, and he can post 20 goals.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/05/13 at 10:58 AM ET

And content with one year at a time, which Detroit likes.

Can play 15:00-18:00 minutes a night, PP time too.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 11:01 AM ET

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Maybe he’ll show our guys how it’s done Bill cause I think they forgot.

Also, our kids in GR were LETHAL on the PP.  I really hope Babs is giving them honest shots

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 11:03 AM ET

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Getting an old Afredsson, while letting a young Filpula go doesn’t make much sense.

Posted by timbits on 07/05/13 at 10:42 AM ET

The difference between Flip and a rock is that at least a rock grows moss. 

Whether or not you agree with what I’ll call the “Ken Holland consensus,” this move makes perfect sense within his paradigm of management.  Alfredsson for one year would provide a cost offensive bolster to the team while the next wave of rookies get their sea legs.

Personally, I love the move if it happens.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 11:10 AM ET

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http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/07/05/alfie-leaving-sens
Alfie leaving Sens
BY BRUCE GARRIOCH ,OTTAWA SUN
FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, JULY 05, 2013 10:42 AM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson has decided to move on, sources say.

After 17 seasons with the Senators, league sources told the Sun Friday morning the longest-serving captain in the NHL informed the club this morning he won’t be returning.

It is expected Alfredsson, 40, will sign with the Detroit Red Wings, but the Boston Bruins are still in the mix. It’s believed Alfredsson called Senators GM Bryan Murray Friday morning and let him know he was going elsewhere.

This will be shocking news for the people of Ottawa, but Alfredsson informed the club before unrestricted free agency because he wanted to give the Senators time to find a replacement.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 11:15 AM ET

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Sounds like it’s official now.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 11:20 AM ET

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Funny Garioch is saying Alfie wrote his own cheque.

St. James saying she’s hearing Sens low-balled him.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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Read Khan. Weiss wants $6 mil per season for 5 years at 30. No wonder the Wings are going after Alfredsson.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/05/13 at 11:26 AM ET

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So, what is Alfredsson at this stage?  Is he like Red WIng Brett Hull, shadow of former self but still effective?  Or is he Mike Modano, in that he’s not much of a danger even on a lower line?

Where would Alfredsson fit in?  He’s not a 1st line winger anymore right, so which of he and Franzen play 2nd line wing?

I don’t hate the idea necessarily, but am a bit confused as to where he honestly fits in.

Posted by Primis on 07/05/13 at 11:28 AM ET

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So that gives us a top 6 of Pav, Z, Mule, Alfie, Abby (Hope that wasn’t too irresponsible J.J.) and I’m assuming Samuelsson.

Leaves Brunner, Tatar, Andersson, Gus, Helm (?), Miller, Emmerton (I think they’ll keep him over Tootoo because he’s C and Helm’s ?able)

Leaves us with Eaves, Tootoo as the 14th and 15th forwads.  If Cleary comes back I think Emmerton is gone.

Let’s see if KH can get us something for those names instead of letting them walk for nothing.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/13 at 11:29 AM ET

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“The Senators would like a deal in the $4-million range, while many believe he’d get $6 million on the open market”

If the Wings are getting him for $4M,  or less plus incentives, this is a huge Get by Holland compared to tying up $30M for five years.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/05/13 at 11:30 AM ET

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Please don’t mention Samuelsson, if the wings have any balls as soon as he’s healthy they should waive him.  When players get approached about being bought out, they take it like a man, he whined about his health, so when he’s healthy waive him and have him play in Grand Rapids or Toledo.  I have my doubts that they were even going to buy him out.

Posted by bababooey on 07/05/13 at 11:33 AM ET

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I think this is something the Wings have lacked for several years, and certainly now that Draper is gone.  The team has a lot of “lead by example” guys, but not a lot of vocal leadership.  I don’t know if Alfredsson is that guy or not, but if he is his value could be higher on the bench than it might be on the ice.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 10:37 AM ET

Funny you should ask that, bez. Here’s what Forcaster.ca says about his “Flaws” (although I’m not sure this is actually a flaw): “Is misunderstood in the leadership department because he’s not a rah-rah type.” He sounds like Lidstrom and/or Z. Maybe it’s a Swedish thing.

Anyway, I like that Alfie can play on the PK and also man the point on the PP. Great interim signing until the cap goes up next year and they take a shot at a more long-term power forward solution.

Now a domino game. #Stars offer better for Dan Cleary than #Redwings. Det step up or save the cash for #Panthers Stephen Weiss offer.

See ya, Danny. Thanks for your years of service. But letting him go better not lead to a $6M-per-year offer for Weiss-er-suck.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/05/13 at 11:34 AM ET

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Cleary actually would be a good candidate for an A in Dallas.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 07/05/13 at 11:43 AM ET

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Please don’t mention Samuelsson, if the wings have any balls as soon as he’s healthy they should waive him.  When players get approached about being bought out, they take it like a man, he whined about his health, so when he’s healthy waive him and have him play in Grand Rapids or Toledo.  I have my doubts that they were even going to buy him out.

Posted by bababooey on 07/05/13 at 11:33 AM ET

He’s always been that type.  Remember when he understandably threw a tantrum about the Swedish Olympic team taking Freddy Modin over him?  It surprises me that he made it this far with the Wing’s management before something like this came up.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 11:48 AM ET

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Cleary actually would be a good candidate for an A in Dallas.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/05/13 at 11:43 AM ET

For some reason, Dallas as an organization makes perfect sense for a guy like Cleary.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/13 at 11:50 AM ET

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