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Weiss, Alfredsson join Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings signed center Stephen Weiss and defenseman Daniel Alfredsson with in hours of the opening bell of NHL free agency Friday.

Weiss signed a five-year, $24.55 million contract and likely accepted less than expected because he's returning from wrist surgery and isn't known for his durability. Weiss served as the primary point scorer for the Florida Panthers when he was healthy. He'll join an already formidable second line.

Alfredsson signed a one-year deal with the Wings, a day after informing the Ottawa Senators his 18-year run with that franchise was ending.

Alfredsson's contract is worth between $5 million and $5.65 million, according to multiple reports.

Alfredsson, 40, began his career with the Senators in 1995 and has played 1,178 games with 1,108 points.

Detroit's system isn't a carbon copy of the Ottawa scheme, but they have many similarities having been derived by Mike Babcock. The Boston Bruins also made a run at Alfredsson, who joins a roster with many Swedish players including Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson and Johan Franzen.

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