Alfredsson cooling his heels in Ottawa

- February 21st, 2013

As we reported in the Saturday Sun, captain Daniel Alfredsson could be targetted by a couple of contenders if the Senators fall out of the playoffs with all the injuries and he wants to win a Stanley Cup.
As I said Saturday, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are both expected to show interest. Since nothing is news in Ottawa until someone else reports it, this story has suddenly taken off.
There are obvious ties in both places:
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was the Senators assistant GM.
Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero was the Senators assistant GM before Chiarelli.
See, everything leads back to Ottawa.
“It’s flattering if teams are interested in me,” said Alfredsson this morning. “But for me, I want to keep this thing going until we’re in the playoffs. I think if we were to fall out of that race, there would be more speculation. But that’s not something I’m really giving any thought. My focus last summer was whether I still had it in me to come back. After the season we had last year, the biggest reason (he returned) was the way that we played.
“Obviously we’re in tougher this year, but I think we can we can still make the playoffs. As of right now, (he wouldn’t want to be moved), but never say never. We’re in the playoff race, and I hope we can continue and stay here. It’s definitely where my focus is, and I’m not thinking or worrying about anything else.”
If Alfredsson wants to move to win a Stanley Cup, that’s going to be up to him. GM Bryan Murray won’t ask him. Alfredsson will have to tell Murray he’s ready to make the move.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson has done so much for the organization it should be his option. This would be comparable to what Ray Bourque did when he was with the Boston Bruins and went to the Colorado Avalanche.
If Alfredsson wants to make the move, the Senators will let him do it. Right now, he is focused on trying to make sure the Senators get to the playoffs. As long as they are in the hunt, he won’t have to think about it.
The next few weeks will be interesting.

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7 comments

  1. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    I’m going to be honest here Bruce.

    We can be starry-eyes about Alfredsson but it took a while before he got to be the leader he is today. Early on it was a long and painful process, he got questioned a lot, esepcially in those losses to Buffalo and Toronto. It was when a trade that could have sent him for Craig Conroy that something clicked inside him and he took charge in 2007 and magic happened. Since then, Alfredsson has grown even more off the ice. His relative’s fight with mental illness helped him launch the You Know WHo I Am franchise, he helped Brian Burke’s “You Can Play” campaign, he’s done so much more around Ottawa that we probably never have heard of, including giving a Leafs fan a noogie while shopping for some wine. Some urban folklore for you Bruce. A friend of mine ( a Leafs fan, figure there is one in every part of town) was with his Sens fan friend at Kanata Centrum and they saw Alfie. Alfie saw them, took the Leafs cap off the guy and rustled his har saying “What are you doing wearing that in Ottawa?” Everyone laughed, just another human moment from The Captain.

    Bruce, I complain about anything and everything. I do it out of boredom but make no mistake I *DO* love this team because it is MY team and Daniel Alfredsson is MY captain, even when it’s obvious that he no longer has the speed, skill he still has that abiility to change the game with a variety of shots. Yes, this is me, Mr. Negative Nelly actually giving praise. I will say this Bruce. The Ottawa are not winning a Cup this year unless the Penguins, Hurricanes, Bruins and Leafs all fall into the Bermuda Triangle while flying to a game. They probably won’t be close to a finals for another three to five years. That’s how long we’ll need for the kids Bobby and me complain about to mature and find their way, and for some talent on defense to come up.

    As a fan, I care about the Ottawa Senators but I care more about each player getting their chance at the Cup because the CUP is what you play for.

    Daniel Alfredsson has blossomed from a shy, unsure winger to one of the best two-way forwards of the past six to seven years. He has an eye for the improtant goal and yes, he means a lot to us here in Ottawa but…

    Sometimes you have to grow up as a fan and franchise and see it’s time to let go and move into the next generation of Senators hockey.

    No one hates 77 in Boston. He has a nice Italian restaurant, he goes to Bruins games, they understood.
    And Ray went to TWO finals, bum luck meeting the Oilers each time.

    Go get your cup Alfie, you’ve worked for it and you deserve a chance to get a ring.

  2. Pav says:

    As a fan, I do not want him to go. But for Alfie, he should decide what is best for him. I am not going to hold it against him if he leaves. It will suck, yes, but he needs to do what he feels right. I think you are spot on Bruce when you said the choice will be his. He will have to ask for it.

    On another note, Alfie is playing like a man possessed. He looks like he is 20 out there right now.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Who dat?

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pierre…mon ami…God will go get a Cup if he wants to. It is entirely up to him. I know if I were he and the opportunity was there, I would jump all over it. The team would be most likely be Boston and with Chara, Chiarelli and Kelly there, the move would be a comfortable one. True Alfredsson fans would love to see him win the prize! Like many professional athletes, if this did happen and it was God’s last hurraw (win or lose), he could sign and one day contract and retire a Sen. It wouldn’t tarnish his reputation in the least (personally, I would celebrate and respect his decision to move and perhaps help the Senators organization). He will most certainly get his “Alfredsson Day”, his jersey would be hoisted onto the rafters and Ottawa fans would cheer him long, loud and proud and justifiably so!

    Did anyone witness Neil (Dirk) Smith and “Iron Mike” Keenan last night? Both were emphatic that a player should stay on his team and retire there but never really explained why? They suggested it would be shameful, disgusting. The question to Dirk, Iron, Iron Mike, should have been: if you think it awful for a player to be traded to top his great acareer with a championship, how do you feel about the player if it is something he truly wants? Is he awful too? Didn’t Mike, Iron, Iron Mike jump to St Louis for the opportunity to become GM (and OMG was he terrible, singlendedly disembling the hockey club).

    The two ex-GMs sounded like absolute fools (’cause they are). Perhaps that is why neither have been offered a postion as GM since their last gig(s)! They do not put the success of the organization first (plus, they are just plain bad at their jobs). BTW: Keenan, Iron, Iron Mike showed his colours. I strongly suspect he is resentul that Lord Burke should be held in such high esteen (by many) and he ignored? His hostility was exposed when he suggested if Burke wanted another GM job he should get in line and go to the back of the bus because he accomplished litte! Mike, Iron, Iron Mike…lets not lose our heads here…you not even in line for a line!

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Pav, mate…why would it suck? If he did go and we don’t know if that will happen or not, it would only happen if the situation allowed. Based on what I have heard/read, the Senators would have to be in a position where the playoffs are an impossibility! But, if he left with even a 50/50 chance of missing the post season, what sucks? I would respect him far more for going and having a chance to join the legends of the game having his name on the Cup than staying on a sinking ship! I don’t know what sucks about it? Moreover, the Sens may get a draft pick/prospect out of it and…and…he would return in the fall!!!! What sucks?

  6. Bobby Goodman says:

    I just saw an interview with Karlsson and I am disappointed with him, but not surprised. Matt Cooke tried to reach out to him with a text message but Karlsson refused to respond. In the interview he says the cut wasn’t intentional and that it was freak accident (which it was) so why not respond? Of course, I wouldn’t expect him to respond. What is interesting though is how quickly the little Hab, Galagher got back to Luke Schen for a hit that put him out of commission for 3 games with a concussion. Here are two Canadian boys who know hockey is a physical sport.

    The interview made me ill and it is something I would expect in the world of soccer, certainly not the NHL. Perhaps if Karly ventured into the corners more often, he would appreciate how the game is really played.

  7. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    Your post is a new low, even for you. Perhaps you’re not being serious. It seems you’re now posting just to get a response. You don’t like the fact that Karlsson didn’t respond to that idiot Cooke’s text? I’d be surprized if he did respond. Who cares if Gallagher responded or not. Just keep trashing the defending Norris trophy winner. It’s started to be a bit ridiculous.

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