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Is Daniel Alfredsson going to get the Ray Bourque treatment?

Oct 21, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

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Daniel Alfredsson has been the heart and soul and best player the Ottawa Senators have had the past 15 seasons. He’s the team captain, he’s their most talented goal scorer, and he’s brought them to a Stanley Cup final in 2007.

Now in his 16th season and turning 39 years-old in December, there’s a possibility that the miserable Senators could deal Alfredsson by the trade deadline to give him a shot at winning a Stanley Cup.

If that storyline sounds familiar, it’s nearly identical to the one Raymond Bourque had as a Boston Bruin. Bourque was traded at age 39 to Colorado where he eventually won the Stanley Cup in 2001, his final season in the NHL.

Could Alfredsson follow in Bourque’s footsteps and wind up somewhere else by the end of the season? Ottawa Sun beat man Bruce Garrioch says it could… But there are a lot of things a Cup-chasing team would have to do to make it work.

Summing up what Garrioch says, if when the Senators are so far out of things in the East, if Alfredsson wants out to try and win, the Senators will try to make it happen for him. The problem there is Alfredsson’s cap hit of $4.875 million this year and next. While his actual salary is low, the cap hit is the thing.

Alfredsson’s desire (or not) to stick around while the Sens try to figure things out is the other half of the story. Seeing a team captain jump ship to win elsewhere hurts to see, but seeing him don another team’s sweater is a distinct possibility for Sens fans to deal with before the year is out. A veteran scorer with motivation would be valuable to get at the trade deadline in February.

  1. bcisleman - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    If memory serves, Alfredsson has already ruled this out. He could change his mind, of course, but I’d be surprised if he did. He strikes me as a guy who prizes loyalty.

  2. trbowman - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Hope he gets one before it’s all said and done.

    • dipthatchip - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      ‘…and he’s brought them to a Stanley Cup final in 2007.’

      • danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

        Which they lost to Anaheim. Protip: being in the Final doesn’t mean you won the Cup. Ask the Flyers or the Canucks.

  3. danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I’d be surprised if a contender picked him up, honestly, even if he was interested. One of the low-seed long shots, maybe, but the top eight or twelve just don’t need him. He’s shown signs of slowing down in recent seasons. Even if his ’09/’10 performance WAS great for a (then) 37-year old, his ’10/’11 performance was entirely more typical and likely to be repeated – he’s old, he’s not likely to play a full season, etc. All the top teams have guys who do what he does anyway, and most – the Flyers, ‘Nucks, Caps, Sabres, Pens, Kings, Sharks and Rangers, particularly – couldn’t find the room. Well, the Rangers could if they kicked Wolski somewhere, I guess. That leaves what, the Bruins and Ducks (they’re good for right-wings, thanks), the Wings (do they REALLY need another playmaker?) and the ‘Hawks as far as major contenders go, and the ‘Hawks are the best shot. And they aren’t a good shot. He could theoretically make a long shot with the Devils, Stars, Isles or Blues, but are any of them winning the Cup this year? No.

    It’s a damn shame for a guy to work his whole career away and not get his share of the glory, but Alfie’s not likely to do it. There’s just no place for him on the teams that have a good chance.

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