When the Detroit Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million over the summer, fans of the Ottawa Senators were shocked and dismayed. No. 11 had been their captain since 1999, and it was widely assumed that he’d retire with the organization.
Team and player had a falling out over money however, and Alfredsson decided to take his talents to the Swede-heavy Red Wings. Since that news broke on July 1, fans in Ottawa have had December 1 circled on their calendars. Alfie would be back in town that night, but he’d be wearing the red and white of Detroit.
Not surprisingly, the Senators provided Alfredsson with an emotional tribute video for the time that he spent as a member of the team. Check it out.
The 40-year-old knew that returning to Ottawa would be an emotional experience, and he seemed to be moved by the ovation he received from the fans of the team. Alfredsson spoke to reporters yesterday after practice about what he expected, and CBC News picked up these quotes:
Obviously coming back to Ottawa, playing the first game, I’m sure will be emotional, I’m not sure how I will react but I think it will be a special night. It’s a very different situation than anything I’ve ever gone through before so I don’t know what to expect or what’s going to happen.