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Alfredsson on playing elsewhere: ‘never say never’

Feb 21, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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With the Senators devastated by long-term injuries to stars Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, attention has naturally turned to the future of captain Daniel Alfredsson. Specifically, if Ottawa isn’t in a playoff position by the April 3 trade deadline, would the 40-year-oldĀ  be interested in seeking a Stanley Cup title elsewhere?

“As of now, no but never say never,” Alfredsson said this morning ahead of tonight’s home game against the Rangers, per the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan.

For now, Alfredsson’s focus is on trying to make the playoffs with the Sens (9-6-2). And if the postseason started today, his mission would be complete. But with two-thirds of the season to go, staying in the top eight of the Eastern Conference will be tough.

Alfredsson has four goals and six assists in 16 games. Trade speculation has linked him to Boston and Pittsburgh.

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Hope the Pens would be smart enough to pass. He’s too old. Unless they can get him for some scrap picks it wouldn’t be worth it. I don’t think they’d trade him to Boston or Pittsburgh based on the fact those two teams could easily be facing the Sens if they get a playoff spot. You wouldn’t want Alfie to turn around and screw you over if you do make it.

  2. nygdriveforfive - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Not so sure about Alfie being to old. Have you watched him on the ice this year. His puck control is second to none (ok maybe Datsyuk) and he has not lost a step. He would be a top 6 forward on any team in the league. Having said that you Don’t trade god. Alfie is not going anywhere.

  3. season20122013 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Can’t figure why either of those teams would be interested. The article just says it was reported by the Sun.

  4. nygdriveforfive - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I’m not saying all but there really is some dumb peguins fans on this site.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I could see Alfie coming to Swedish friendly Detroit…a fit he’d like! I would propose Kyle Quincey, a freezer full of gently used octopi and a weed filled vacant lot hard on the Detroit river in trade straight across for Danny Boy [ the Cups, the Cups are calling ]…?

  6. Rumor - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Nygdriveforfive, in his single, short sentence about “dumb peguins fans” (sic), made three spelling/grammatical errors. I now have an irony infection from reading that.

  7. nygdriveforfive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Spelling is a major concern to me. I would hate to make a spelling mistake and have the whole blogging community shun me. My career as a professional journalist is finished. I was saying that Alfie is old and washed up is not smart. And yes there are a lot of dumb Pens fans on this site. please feel free to correct my grammer and spelling on a sports site.

  8. nygdriveforfive - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Hockey dumb I don’t care about spelling or grammer.

  9. mclovinhockey - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Umm he has a cap hit of 1 mill if I am not mistaken… He is a great leader and easily a top 6 forward on every team in the league. Who would not be interested in him? The GM already said it might just take a 2nd and 3rd round pick for him. I just do not see the sens saying they are dead until its official so maybe they trust Anderson and Alfie to push them to the playoffs.

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