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

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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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