Daniel Alfredsson skated with many of his new teammates at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, starting the process of adapting to a new location after 17 seasons in Ottawa.
“It’s amazing, a hockey locker room is pretty much the same anywhere in the world and you feel welcome right away,'' Alfredsson said, according to mlive.com. “So that’s a good feeling for me.”
He was also comforted by having a few familiar faces on the ice with him.
“I knew some of the guys from before; obviously, the Swedes, playing with them on national team,'' Alfredsson said, according to the report. “I knew Patrick Eaves (his teammate in Ottawa), (Todd) Bertuzzi I would run into quite a few times.''
Alfredsson is in the process of getting his family settled in Detroit, while trying to prepare for training camp.
“These skates before (camp) are also obviously important because getting the groins used to the heavy load that’s going to come in training camp so we don’t have any injuries," Alfredsson said, according to mlive.com. "It’s an exciting time for everybody, and obviously for me this year, it’s very interesting.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told the website he has not decided if Alfredsson will play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg or if he'll play on the second line with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen.