It’s tough to imagine a more fitting way for Daniel Alfredsson to finally achieve some closure. After an emotional decision to sign with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent in July, December 1 had likely been a date that haunted the back of his mind for the opening two months of the season.
He’d spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators, and it was widely assumed that “Alfie” would retire a lifer. Ottawa’s management had other ideas though, and the 40-year-old took his talents to Detroit where they were willing to pay him upwards of $5 million (performance bonuses included).
So the Wings took to the ice in Ottawa for the first time this season tonight, and Alfredsson was greeted with a standing ovation. The fans continued to roar as Ottawa played a video tribute to the longtime captain on the scoreboard prior to the game beginning. And Alfredsson would give Ottawa’s faithful one more reason to cheer as he buried an empty-net goal in the closing moments of the contest.
That’s probably the loudest you’ll ever hear Sens fans cheer when an opposing player scores. It sounds like there were a few boos smathered here and there around the arena, but all in all this is a fantastic period on the end of this long and drawn out sentence for Alfredsson.