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Report: Alfie not returning to Sens; Detroit likely destination

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 31: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators looks on during a faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on March 31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Daniel Alfredsson will not return to the Senators next season, sources tell the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

If true, it’s a shocking report, considering Alfredsson is (was?) the Sens’ captain and has never played for another team during his 1,000-plus-game career.

An unrestricted free agent, the 40-year-old’s choice is apparently down to Detroit or Boston.

Definitely worth noting at this point: yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen published a detailed story on Eugene Melnyk that suggested the Sens’ owner isn’t close to as rich as he used to be.

The final sentence from the story:

The price he is prepared to pay for Senators talent this year could well be an important clue.

Update: Sounds like the Wings are the team: