BOSTON (CBS) – Daniel Alfredsson has chosen the Detroit Red Wings over the Boston Bruins.

Boston was reportedly one of the finalists for the 40-year-old free agent, after he told Ottawa — where he spent all 17-years of his NHL career — he would not be returning for the 2013-14 season.

But in the end, the forward felt the Red Wings give him the best chance to win a Cup, reportedly signing a one-year deal for $5.5-million.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had spoken highly of Alfredsson over the last week, as Boston was hoping his relationship with the forward from their time together in Ottawa could entice the future Hall of Famer to join the Bruins.

“He’s a veteran, he’s a terrific leader, he’s a terrific players and he does anything to win,” Chiarelli said of Alfredsson.

Alfredsson, who was drafted 133rd overall in 1994, has 426 goals and 682 points in 1,178 career games. He had 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games last season.

A six-time All-Star, Alfredsson won the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award.

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