Around NHL - Alfredsson leaves Sens

Around NHL - Alfredsson leaves Sens
July 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The face of the Ottawa Senators is on the move. According to TSN, long-time Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has agreed on a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Alfredsson notified the Senators Thursday that would be joining another team and the 40-year-old right winger was expected to sign with either the Red Wings or Boston Bruins.

Alfredsson was Ottawa's sixth-round selection (133rd overall) in the 1994 NHL Draft and is the team's all-time leader in goals (426), points (1,108) and games played (1,178).

He was also the NHL's longest serving captain among active players (14 years), an honor which now belongs to Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan (10 years). 


The Senators won't be the only Canadian team in search of a new captain next season. The Edmonton Oilers also have a 'C' up for grabs after trading veteran Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars Friday for defenseman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Horcoff was Edmonton's fourth-round pick (99th overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft and has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers.  The Michigan State alum played 796 career games with the Oilers, recording 162 goals and 447 points over that time.

The center has two years remaining on his existing six-year contract and has a $5.5 million annual salary cap hit. Horcoff joins the Stars a day after general manager acquired Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in a seven player trade with the Boston Bruins.


Former Capitals forward Joey Crabb has signed a one-way, two-year deal with the Florida Panthers worth $1.2 million.

Crabb had two goals in 26 games with the Capitals last season before clearing waivers in March and joining the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League. In 12 games with the Bears, the 30-year-old Crabb had six goals and 12 points. Crabb then had five goals in five AHL playoff games.


In the hours leading up to free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their second compliance buyout and parted ways with center Mikhail Grabovski.

Grabovski spent five years with the Maple Leafs and had three 20-goal seasons under former head coach Ron Wilson. The Belarusian fell out of favor though under Wilson's replacement Randy Carlyle and Grabovski spent much of 2013 as a bottom six forward.

Soon after the buyout became official, Grabovski shard his thoughts with Maple Leafs beat reporter Jonas Siegel.

 "I play in the [expletive] Russian KHL, I make lots of [expletive] points and what's going to happen? He make me [expletive] play on the fourth line and he put me in the playoffs on the fourth line and third line again," Grabovski spewed. "Yeah, I don't score goals. I need to work more about that. I know that. But if you feel support from your coach [you'll find success]. I don't feel any support from this [expletive] idiot."

Grabovski had just completed the first year of a five-year, $27.5 million extension he signed with the Maple Leafs in 2012. As a result of the buyout, Grabovski will now be paid $14.4 million over the next eight years to not play for the Maple Leafs and the 29-year-old is free to sign with any of the other 29 teams.