NHL NEWS: Daniel Alfredsson to leave Ottawa

Image courtesy of bostonherald.com.

Stunning news out of TSN’s Darren Dreger, as it appears what Sam foreshadowed in his last post is coming true: the legendary captain of the Ottawa Senators is reportedly leaving the Canadian Capital.

Daniel Alfredsson, a former 6th round pick of the Sens back in 1994 and winner of the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 1995/96, has played 1178 games in the NHL — all with Ottawa – and scored an incredible 1108 points, including 426 goals.  All the more amazing is that he did so much of that scoring during the so-called “Dead Puck Era” of the late-90s/early 2000s when scoring decreased league-wide.  He also earned six NHL All-Star Game nominations, was named to the All-Rookie Team in 1996, was named to the 2nd NHL All-Star Team in 2005/06, won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2011/12 and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012/13.  He also won an Olympic Gold Medal with Sweden in 2006.

An incredible chapter in the lives of one of the greatest Swedish hockey players has come to a close, but another chapter is just beginning.

Alfredsson is reported to be signing a contract with the Detroit Red Wings.  More on this news as it breaks.

***UPDATE***

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that Alfredsson’s deal with the Wings is for one year, at $5.5m (including $2m in bonuses).  This is about what was expected, given that Alfredsson is still a fairly prolific scorer.

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