The average age of the Red Wings just shot upward again.

In a surprising and unexpected move, the Red Wings announced Friday they have agreed to a 1-year deal with right wing Daniel Alfredsson, an unrestricted free agent from the Ottawa Senators. The contract will pay Alfredsson $3.5 million, plus up to $2 million in incentives.

Alfredsson, 40, had 10 goals and 16 assists last season in Ottawa, which turned out to be the last of an illustrious 17-year career with the Senators, where he was the longest tenured captain in the NHL.

Nobody expected Alfredsson (5-foot-11, 200-pounds) to leave the Senators, the only team he has ever played for, even after hazy reports the last week the two sides weren't getting closer to a deal.

Alfredsson has scored 426 goals with 682 assists in his 17-year NHL career but has never won a Stanley Cup.

There are reports the Senators are hamstrung somewhat financially, which is forcing Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray to make difficult personnel decisions.