The offseason signing of Alfredsson, 40, after 17 seasons in Ottawa was particularly surprising. But he said the transition to the Red Wings has been smooth. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit — Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss have been in the NHL a long time, been through many opening nights, but Wednesday night’s opener is a little special.
Wearing the Red Wings sweater for the first time, against the Buffalo Sabres (8 p.m./Fox Sports Detroit/NBCSports Network) adds further excitement.
"It was a little more tough to get to sleep," said Weiss, who'll center a line with Johan Franzen and Alfredsson. "The mind was racing and this will be a long day today waiting to get started.
"We're putting points on the board now, this is the real deal and we're starting to count everything. It's a different feeling and we're looking forward to get going."
Alfredsson and Weiss were both signed as unrestricted free agents to spur a Red Wings offensive attack that struggled to consistently score last season.
The signing of Alfredsson, 40, after 17 seasons in Ottawa was particularly surprising. But he said the transition to the Red Wings has been smooth.
"It's been good, pretty much what I expected," Alfredsson said. "It's a very professional team, pays attention to details.
"When you're on the ice you don't really notice it (switching teams). It's when you watch video in the coach's room or see highlights, and see you yourself in a different uniform, it feels different.
"But the guys have been great in the room and we're excited to get started."