DETROIT - Nothing about the Red Wings has surprised Daniel Alfredsson.
That, according to the 40-year old, is a good thing.
With Alfredsson and fellow free agent signee Stephen Weiss set to make their regular season debut in Detroit, the atmosphere around the Red Wings organization is everything they hoped for.
"it's been pretty much what I expected," Alfredsson said. "They're very professional."
Both forwards signed with the Red Wings on July 5, marking arguably the most fruitful free agent summer in Detroit since 2001. Coming to a contender with a chance to win the Stanley Cup was attractive to both, and Weiss said he's been itching for today to come.
"It's a little different feel coming to the rink knowing that you're either 1-0 or 0-1. I'm really looking forward to the first game at home," he said.
Wearing the Red Wings jersey has begun to sink in, but being introduced in front of a sold out Joe Louis Arena crowd will no doubt help it feel more real.
"When you start counting points, and you start playing for places in the standings, you're playing for real," Weiss added.
Alfredsson will be on the team's second line with Weiss and Johan Franzen. Mike Babcock said Franzen is the key to the line's success, and the potential is there for him to be a dominant player.
Babcock's challenge to Franzen is no doubt fueled by having more talent around him.
That talent is the reason Alfredsson left Ottawa for Detroit.
"You start a new journey with a team, it's always exciting. We feel good about this team," he said.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli