Daniel Alfredsson bolted from the Ottawa Senators to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, sensing that was the best move he could make in his drive to win a championship before his career ends.
“It’s all about trying to get the Stanley Cup,” he said.
It is for Jarome Iginla, too.
Iginla signed a one-year deal with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins. The longtime Calgary Flames and short-time Pittsburgh Penguins forward will make $1.8 million guaranteed and can make up to $6 million with Boston.
The Senators, refusing to settle after losing Alfredsson, responded with a bold move to acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were among the big spenders, signing Nathan Horton to a $37.1 million, seven-year contract.
Bradley to go before grand jury
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered to appear before a grand jury in Massachusetts that is considering the murder case against the former New England Patriots tight end.
Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander in Hartford ordered Alexander Bradley to appear July 17 in Fall River, Mass., where a grand jury is looking into allegations Hernandez orchestrated the shooting of Odin Lloyd, according to a clerk for the court.
Howard leaves L.A. for Houston
Dwight Howard is joining the Rockets, leaving Los Angeles after one season to chase championships in Houston.
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel (it’s) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season,” Howard wrote on Twitter on Friday night.
“I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”
Howard leaves behind an extra $30 million and an offense under Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni that he was never fully comfortable with, joining a Rockets team that could become an immediate contender in the Western Conference with the All-Star center in the middle.
“Years of work by Dwight & Rockets went into this. This team is going to be special,” general manager Daryl Morey tweeted.
USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets, where he would team with All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination.
• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors reached an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala on a $48 million, four-year deal, two people with knowledge of the situation said.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10.
One said the Warriors cleared more than $24 million in salary cap space by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Utah Jazz along with unspecified draft selections.
• WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Brad Stevens says he had no desire to leave Butler — until the Celtics called.
Seventeen championships. Bill Russell. Red Auerbach. It was all too much for the 36-year-old Stevens to resist.
Boston introduced its 17th coach at a news conference at the team’s practice facility, and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Stevens was his first choice to replace Doc Rivers.
• DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks moved quickly once they were out of the running for Dwight Howard.
Dallas and free agent point guard Jose Calderon agreed on a four-year, $28 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.