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by George Malik on 02/17/14 at 10:55 AM ET
This isn't necessarily Red Wings-related, but the Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about the very obvious friendship between Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson, and I have most certainly wondered aloud whether Karlsson might be able to defect to the Red Wings at some point if only to hang out with Alfredsson during practices and off-days, because the pair's just adorable (and this is just part of a much longer and really superb article):
“He brings a lot of things to the table that helps me at this stage of my career,” Alfredsson said. “His enthusiasm and joy and a lot of things. We have a lot of fun together.”
The two have been friends since Alfredsson made the announcement June 20, 2008, that Karlsson would be the first-round, 15th overall, selection of the Ottawa Senators in the NHL draft. Alfredsson was captain of the Senators. When Karlsson was called up a month after being sent to the minors, he moved in with Alfredsson.
“I think it meant a lot for Erik; they were like father and son a little bit,” Marts said.
Alfredsson left the Senators for Detroit last summer, so for the two to be reunited for 10 days, as roommates, no less, has made for a delightful opportunity. Karlsson has tweeted pictures of the two watching figure skating and on their way to their first game. He has shown them in the locker room and hanging in the athletes’ village.
St. James continues at length, and includes oodles of Alfredsson-Karlsson "selfies."
I wouldn't call this a "bromance" as much as I'd say that whether you're a guy or a gal, if you've got a best buddy, there's no shame in letting your pal know you love 'em.
In the words of Sifl n Olly, "You gotta be cool to your Rock 'n Roll Friends":
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