COMMENTARY | After failing to get Ryan Suter or Zach Parise last summer, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to add some depth with this summer's batch of free agents.
The Red Wings certainly kicked off NHL free agency with a splash by signing former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year deal with $5.5 million on Friday, June 5.
Alfredsson has 1,108 points in 1,178 games played, all with the Senators. He's had a phenomenal career and is no doubt one of the best active players with no Stanley Cups.
The problem with Alfredsson is he's 40 years old, and he isn't getting any younger. Five or six years ago, this would have been an incredible steal, but at 40 years old, Alfredsson's best days are behind him.
Not to mention, Alfredsson had the luxury of a 48-game schedule last regular season. Can he do another 82-game schedule, and then a rigorous playoff schedule if the Red Wings continue their streak of postseason berths? I'm not so sure.
What makes this signing better is it is one year. Worst case scenario, if Alfredsson lacks the offensive production general manager Ken Holland thought he could provide, Holland can part ways with him after the 2013-14 season.
However, I would rather have had the Red Wings bring back Damien Brunner. His production fell off in the second half of the season, but I think as he plays more games in the NHL, we'll see more of the first-half production he had with the Red Wings.
Alfredsson will no doubt bring veteran leadership to the Red Wings' locker room, but this is the same guy that said his team would "probably not" beat the Pittsburgh Penguins after falling 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He did follow that up by saying the Senators would play their best game of the season in Game 5, but whether or not it's being realistic, is that something you want to hear from your captain?
The odds were stacked in their favor no doubt, but it's Alfredsson's job to rally his troops and prepare them for the next game, not dwell on the possibility of losing.
Was this an early sign Alfredsson was done losing with the Senators? Quite possibly. He spent 17 seasons with one team and has no Stanley Cup to show for it.
That can frustrate any person, and moving to a team with a chance to win always has the chance to bring out some extra passion.
Luckily for Alfredsson, the Red Wings don't know how to quit.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.
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