DETROIT -- It's not the "big one" that will happen Dec. 1, when Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa for the first time as a Detroit Red Wing, but Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena still will be emotional for the former Ottawa Senators captain.
Alfredsson will face his former team for the first time since joining the Red Wings in the summer as an unrestricted free agent, leaving behind a franchise he captained for 14 of his 17 seasons there.
Emotional might be putting it too lightly.
"It was a very tough decision, especially when it happened fairly quickly. But the way I looked at it at the time and still do today, it's a huge challenge for myself personally, both on and off the ice," Alfredsson said after practice here Tuesday. "It's a big challenge for our family, and I think I will look back at this down the road as something that was a stepping stone for me in my life, in a lot of different areas."