Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock occasionally finds himself jotting down line combinations on napkins during the lazy summer days he spends at his lake house in Saskatchewan. He's a fan of the two new names he can now write into his top six.
The Red Wings on Friday signed 40-year-old right wing Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year contract reportedly worth $5.5 million and 30-year-old center Stephen Weiss to a five-year contract reportedly worth $24.5 million.
Alfredsson had spent his entire 18-year career with the Ottawa Senators, including the past 14 as captain. Weiss had played only for the Florida Panthers since entering the NHL in 2002. Combined, the two newest Red Wings have 1,502 points in 1,832 regular-season games. Alfredsson accounts for 1,108 of those points and 1,178 of the games.
"We wanted to get more scoring to our team. I felt we were challenged last year to score some goals," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "Daniel has been a tremendous scorer, one of the great scorers in the National Hockey League. Stephen Weiss has been one of the tremendous playmakers down in Florida. We're adding a playmaker and a scorer, and I think Daniel can also make plays and Stephen can score some goals."