Detroit had one of the better days in free agency today as the Wings were able to sign former Ottawa Senator captain Daniel Alfredsson and former Florida Panther Stephen Weiss. Alfredsson’s deal is one year, $5.5 million while Weiss is signed for 5 years and $24.9 million.
Alfredsson has the feel of a stop-gap type player, as his contract is only for one season. But he most likely will be playing on the top line with Datsyuk and Zetterberg, so he will fill a critical role on this team. Alfredsson has scored 426 goals and has 682 assists for 1,108 points in his 17-year Senator career that had him as the longest active captain in the NHL.
Weiss is a former number four overall pick of the Florida Panthers, and was a former member of the Plymouth Whalers. As a Panther, his only team as well, he has 145 goals, 249 assists for 394 points in his 10 year career. He is expected to take the role of #2 center with Valtteri Filppula signing a 5 year, $25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Wings are also rumored to be in on veteran winger Brenden Morrow. He is a big power forward who is also very talented with 249 goals, 293 assists for 542 points in his career, along with 1,222 penalty minutes. Morrow is waiting to decide on a team to play for next season, but according to ESPN he values a team close to winning the Stanley Cup.
Detroit has an offer out for forward Dan Cleary at three years and $2.5 million a year, but it is rumored that both Dallas and Pittsburgh are said to be after his services.
The only free agent that I am disappointed the Wings were not able to bring back is forward Damien Brunner. According to Ken Holland, the team had a two and a three-year contract on the table at noon today, but Brunner decided to test the market.
So far I think that these are good moves for the Wings, especially if Morrow decides to sign with the team. Detroit still needs to get, in my opinion, a top-four defenseman to play with Danny DeKeyser. Douglas Murray appears to be the best fit for the team in free agency so the team may have to explore options in the trade market.