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Alfredsson on lockout: “The longer it’s been going here, I don’t feel as eager to get back”

Oct 23, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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In July, Daniel Alfredsson sounded excited about returning to Ottawa for the 2012-13 season.

Three months later, that tone has changed.

The locked-out Senators captain now sounds like a man prepared to face the possibility of retirement — something he suggested to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun on Tuesday.

“I think the longer [the lockout’s] been going here, I don’t feel as eager to get back,” Alfredsson said. “I’d say I’m more relaxed. If it happens, it happens.”

The 39-year-old has been keeping in shape by skating with the rest of his locked-out mates at Ottawa’s Sensplex, but realizes the longer he’s away from the game, the harder it’ll be to come back.

“I can’t say I’ve at all been frustrated or really looking forward to coming to the rink,” he said. “I love it when I’m on the ice and I have fun, but at the same time, at this stage, I know I have to look forward as well.

Alfredsson certainly sounds non-committal at this point and the real uncertainty, it seems, is if the lockout were to go until (hypothetically speaking) January, or a date even further in the future.

Alfredsson says it’s impossible to say how he’ll feel weeks or months from now, but says the constant updates of negotiating strife have already had a negative effect.

“You read every little thing,” he said. “You read into it, and as time goes on and nothing happens, you kind of tune out of it.

“You get tired of it.”

  1. id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Guys like Alfie become collateral damage. The PA owes it to guys like this to settle the impasse.

    • williplett - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      What about the owners? Don’t they owe it to guys like Alfie to honor their contracts and respect the players who draw fans, sell merch and make big money TV deals possible?

      • jernster21 - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        I’m pretty sure the owners have given him a great 16 year career playing a game for a living and making him very rich in the process, along with many past players and along with many existing and future players.

        I think a lot of people are forgetting that the owners only get 43% of the revenue for the team they OWN – it’s not so much the players LOSING 7% or the owners GAINING 7%, but making a CBA that’s FAIR for both sides and meeting in the MIDDLE.

        I don’t know how the marketing of the NHL works specifically but you have to figure that that extra 7% of revenue that owners get isn’t just to line their pockets – it’s their jobs as owners and the overall product of the NHL to market the game and market the players and that comes out of their pockets, not the players…that should only get better going forward, thus generating more revenue, thus making everyone richer in the process. IT’S CRAZY HOW SIMPLE THIS IS.

      • id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        Of course. But Alfie is represented by the PA in this impasse. Keep in mind that 240 players never played another game in the NHL after the 04-05 lockout. The PA has to lookout for him.

      • williplett - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:08 AM

        Joey: I am a Minnesota Wild fan. Reminding me of players who never played another NHL game after the last lockout only reminds me of Sergei Zholtok. He died of a heart ailment in the middle of a game in him homeland league during that lockout. Sorry, but screw you pal. Money aint everything.

    • jaybertx - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      The end of Alfie’s career not being all we’d hope for is sad. However, the arena workers and small business who depend on the business brought in by the games are truly the “collateral damage”. Alfie will retire richer that all of them combined.

    • id4joey - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      I mean this in a good way for Alfie. He is a classy person and a true professional, it is unfortuneate that guys like him are in that position. However, I still feel confident that we will see hockey this season. It’s just a matter of time. Everyday gone by brings us a day closer to the signing of a new CBA.

  2. ducksk - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    So long Alfie, you have been overpaid, over rated and undeserving of the C for years. At 39 and retiring, I hope you were stupid enough to blow your millions and join the rest of us real cattle.

  3. jimw81 - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Sad to see one of the classy players in nhl go out like this. disgraceful.

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