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This Date in NHL History

July 5: Alfredsson signs with Red Wings

Plus: Bruins replace Cherry as coach; Islanders hire Milbury

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2013: Daniel Alfredsson's 17-year career with the Ottawa Senators comes to an end when he signs with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent.

The 40-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, leaves the Senators after spending his entire NHL career in Ottawa, finishing with 1,108 points (426 goals, 682 assists) in 1,178 games. His list of achievements includes winning the 1996 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie and the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award. He serves as captain from 1999-2013 and helps the Senators to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray moves quickly to fill the void by acquiring forward Bobby Ryan in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks.

Alfredsson, plagued by back problems, spends one season with Detroit, then returns to Ottawa and officially announces his retirement on Dec. 4, 2014.



1979: Don Cherry is replaced as coach of the Boston Bruins by Fred Creighton. Cherry's five seasons in Boston include four Adams Division titles and trips to the Stanley Cup Final in 1977 and 1978, though the Bruins lose to the Montreal Canadiens each time. They also lose to the Canadiens in a seven-game series in the 1979 Stanley Cup Semifinals. Cherry goes on to coach the Colorado Rockies for one season before being fired and pursuing a career in broadcasting.


1995: The New York Islanders name Mike Milbury as the sixth coach in their history. Milbury adds the title of general manager on Dec. 12 and remains in one or both jobs until stepping down as GM in June 2006 to accept a vice presidency with the Islanders. New York goes 56-111-24 during Milbury's three stints as coach.


2000: The new Columbus Blue Jackets hire Dave King as their first coach. The Blue Jackets finish last in each of their first two seasons and King is fired midway through his third season.

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