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Alfredsson leaves Senators to chase Stanley Cup dream with Red Wings

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 12:25 PM The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - After 17 seasons, Daniel Alfredsson is leaving the Ottawa Senators.

Alfredsson chose to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, continuing his Stanley Cup pursuit wearing an unfamiliar jersey. He played all 1,178 games of his NHL career with the Senators, putting up 426 goals and 682 assists.

The 40-year-old right wing joins fellow Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson in Detroit.

Alfredsson said at the end of the season that the one thing he had yet to accomplish was win a Stanley Cup. The Red Wings were eliminated in the conference semifinals just like the Senators but won the Cup in 2008.

Alfredsson only recently told the Senators he would play the 2013-14 season instead of retiring. Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray seemed so confident Alfredsson would return that he said in a statement in late June that the long-time captain was "committed to play next year for the Senators."

Instead, he'll be playing for the Red Wings.

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