Red Wings GM Holland surprised he had shot at Alfredsson

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland couldn't believe his luck when J.P. Barry told him...

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland couldn't believe his luck when J.P. Barry told him Daniel Alfredsson (centre) was hitting the market. (REBECCA COOK/Reuters)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:09 PM ET

OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson wasn't on the Red Wings' radar screen.

Shopping on the NHL's free-agent market during the 48-hour window to interview players last summer, Detroit GM Ken Holland did what he always does: He touched base with the top agents to see what clients they might have available.

A phone call to J. P. Barry in Calgary came with a surprising result.

"In the past years, free agency hit at noon (on July 1) and you started to make the calls," Holland told QMI Agency on Monday from his Detroit office. "This year, we had the 48-hour window and we made the rounds.

"Certainly, when I called J. P Barry, I wasn't calling on Alfie, I was calling J.P. to see who he had that was unrestricted, and J.P. brought up Alfie's name. He just said to me, 'For the first time in his career, he's entertaining thoughts of moving and would you be interested?'


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