Alfredsson returning to NHL, but leaving Senators?

  • Arun Morace
Alfredsson will be returning to the NHL, but not to the Senators. Photo: Getty Images

Alfredsson will be returning to the NHL, but not to the Senators. Photo: Getty Images

A couple weeks ago, Daniel Alfredsson, longtime captain of the Ottawa Senators, announced his intentions to return to the NHL, after there was some speculation the 40-year-old Swedish winger was going to retire.

Well, according to a report from TSN, he will be coming back- but not with the Senators. He’s instead expected to sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

Alfredsson has captained the Senators since 1999, when he took over the role from Alexei Yashin. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Senators back in 1994. He broke into the NHL a year later with a 26-goal, 61-point campaign, and never looked back. He’s played a total of 1,178 games with 426 goals and 1,108 points in 17 NHL seasons- all with Ottawa. He led them to one Stanley Cup Final appearance, only to lose in six games to the Ducks in 2007. He also won a gold medal at the Olympics as part of Team Sweden at the 2006 Turin Games.

And now, he’ll be moving on to Hockeytown in what must be an exceptionally bittersweet moment for Senators fans. They got their wish- Alfredsson came back to the NHL….but not to Ottawa.

UPDATE: Alfredsson signed a one-year, $5.5M deal with Detroit.

 

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