Alfredsson signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings that is reportedly worth $5.5 million on Friday. He reportedly informed Senators general manager Bryan Murray that he will not return during a conversation late Thursday.
The Boston Bruins also were reportedly in the running for Alfredsson, but the fit with Detroit appears to be a good one.
From a lineup perspective, Babcock might want to try Alfredsson with Zetterberg and Nyquist or perhaps Tomas Tatar. Babcock liked the line of Pavel Datsyuk with Franzen and Justin Abdelkader in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Alfredsson has played 1,178 games with the Senators since 1995 and racked up 1,108 points, including 26 points in 48 games in 2012-13, but he has reached the Stanley Cup Final once (2007) and lost in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.
He repeatedly talked about a strong passion for playing in Ottawa because of the young, up-and-coming team led by MacLean, the Jack Adams Award winner for 2012-13. But, perhaps, he believes the Red Wings give him a better chance at chasing that elusive Stanley Cup championship.