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Alfredsson: “I don’t see anything changing anytime soon”

Oct 11, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Daniel Alfredsson told The Ottawa Citizen that he’s “past being frustrated” about a lockout that might just prematurely end his NHL career.

“Like everybody else, I’m disappointed that the owners chose to have this tactic from the very beginning,” Alfredsson said. “They chose to give a low-ball offer from the get-go. It was kind of clear what they wanted and I don’t see anything changing anytime soon.”

His comments fall in line with Wednesday’s unproductive meetings, along with the fact that his Ottawa Senators would have started their regular season tonight under normal circumstances.

Alfredsson sounded optimistic about playing again despite a lockout about a month ago, but his most recent comments were a little more cryptic.

“If nothing happens, I could have played my last game. That’s fine with me,” Alfredsson said. “I’m not going to try and push here. I want a deal that’s fair. And if that means we’re not going to play because the owners don’t want to negotiate fairly with us, then so be it and that’s the way it is. Do I want to play? I love to play. I’m having a blast when I’m out there.”

In the mean time, he’s focusing on off-the-ice training and spending time with his family.

He told The Ottawa Citizen that he hasn’t made a decision if he’d play overseas in the event that the entire season is canceled.

  1. ducksk - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Alfie. I hope you are done. You should of never been a C and your self centered selfishness comes out every time you talk or skate. The NHL made you a rich man. Shut your pie hole. You never won a thing.

  2. bcjim - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    The league rank-and-file need to stand up and say “get a deal done”. Sure the rich and famous can live off their huge $$s or Euro/KHL jobs but the average player is going to be hurting soon. And for WHAT?




    • hockeydon10 - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      It’s not about simply winning. If it were, their offer wouldn’t see their share of HRR reduced. They know they have to reduce their share from 57%, which is reflected in their offer. I’m sure the low of 52.2% they are currently offering could be lowered even further if the owners would accept a gradual reduction, rather than this crap about reducing it all at once. Oh, and enhanced revenue sharing to help out the weakest teams.

      They simply don’t want to cave on giving the owners kickbacks. I don’t blame them one bit.

      • bcjim - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        So they cut off their nose to spite their face? Sounds smart.

  3. fortwaynekomets - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    at this point I’ve already accepted a lost season. sadly.

    guys, try to watch as much KHL games as possible, or try to follow the AHL or ECHL instead. I know the tv deals aren’t there yet but they are very talent stacked leagues, even before the NHL lockout!

    Oklahoma City Barons are basically Edmonton Oilers 1.0 they got Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #1 draft pick last year. they have Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, the list goes on. that’s some serious talent on the ice!!

    • bcjim - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      I tried to watch that KHL game on espn the other day. It sucked. Players were like zombies skating around.

  4. sippindasyzurp - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I don’y understand Fehr’s tactics… Do they really think they will get a deal in the long run that will be such a home run for a lost season that the players will be able to account for there lost salary?

    Don’t kid yourself I think a 7% rollback this year to 50-50 is unfair, and it should be no more like a 10 year deal with two years at 3% and a year at 4% to get to 50-50, then play out the last 7 at 50-50 with league revenues growing at a nice rate, both sides come out of the deal winning, players will still make millions, owners will still make billions… EASY MONEY

    I do think though in my crazy own opinion though that at least half owners would take no salary cap, if they got rid of guaranteed contracts. I really hope it won’t come to that though.

  5. mpg44 - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    But you are completely wrong on that….. Big changes hav already started and will continue. The players and owners just haven’t noticed them yet , but you will. See , the big change is that we the fans are starting to not care about either if you. The effects of these big changes will be felt for years to come beginning when and if you and the owners stop actin like children. If I were you , I would be very worried.

  6. naked2012 - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Reblogged this on nakedlpcmag.

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