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Pens’ Dupuis on Alfredsson remarks: I don’t see Crosby talking like that

May 24, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT


It appears Daniel Alfredsson‘s comments just won’t go away.

The Senators captain, who following a 7-3 loss in Game 4 said “probably not” when asked if Ottawa could come back against the Pens, is still feeling the blowback from that controversial remark.

Today, Pittsburgh winger Pascal Dupuis addressed it, saying that while Alfredsson might’ve been trying to play mind games, he’s never heard his captain, Sidney Crosby, talk like that.

“I don’t see our leader, our captain talking like that,” Dupuis told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Ever.”

Alfredsson has remained unapologetic for saying what he did, and hasn’t backed off his statements.

If anything, he says they were perhaps taken out of context:

Whatever the case, it was clear his Senators teammates were sticking with him.

“The odds makers aren’t going to give us a chance to win this series, and maybe that’s how we like it,” Jason Spezza told the Globe and Mail. “Maybe that’s how we’ve played our best hockey all year. I think that’s what [Alfredsson] was getting at.”

Defenseman Marc Methot took it a step further.

“I’ll say this: Alfie’s an extremely intelligent individual. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything, he’s usually right to the point,” Methot said. “He’s great with all the young guys in terms of helping, he’s a teacher.

“Does it shock me? Probably not so much.”

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    25 year old mentality vs 40 year old, nothing to see here. It’s not like Alfredson said “No chance, game over man, game over”

    • JoeAvg - May 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      That’s right. When I was 25 my mind was sharp as a tack. Quick to react. Excellent memory. By the time I got to 40……a little less of each.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Nah, Alfie is just a realist and telling the truth. Again, he did not do this…

        He just said it was unlikely they could pull off a 3-1 comeback vs a stacked Pens team. Maybe a 25 year old Crosby would try to sell people on it happening, but that’s just providing lip service.

  2. 19to77 - May 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Duh. The Pens aren’t in a 3-1 series hole, Pascal. If Crosby said that it wouldn’t make any sense.

    • steelhammer92 - May 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      He could have admitted defeat last year against the Flyers down 0-3 when his goalie couldn’t stop a puck to save his life.

  3. billyhauntswizards - May 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    will this comment EVER go away?

    • JoeAvg - May 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Probably not. Though the media has blown it up beyond proportion (does this shock anyone) it’s still something you don’t want anyone, least of all your captain, to say in public. Whatever the cause and/or motive may have been.

    • serjjj - May 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Don’t worry, nobody will remember it after tonight when the Sens are eliminated!

  4. f2maestro - May 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Daniel Alfredsson gets my vote for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership award…. /s

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      As if Toews who has broken down and is throwing slashing and high sticking hissy fits and Dustin Brown who is the king of questionable hits are SO much better….

  5. President Charles Logan - May 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Alfredsson deserved a better fate for his career, it’s a shame he’s been stuck in a losing organization for so long …

  6. philly4lyfe - May 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    q: why did you push his glove away?
    a: because I don’t like him.

    not saying alfie was right or wrong for saying what he said, but don’t act like cindy doesn’t have some gems of his own.

    • jpelle82 - May 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      honesty works for me, what do you want to hear from him with that question? crosby said exactly what he should have, the truth

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        A childish response to a childish action. Crosby is the best there is, but he isn’t exactly a shining beacon of leadership when his team actually faces adversity. It’s easy to say Alfredsson is crumbling in the face of elimination, but Crosby didn’t handle losing with grace either. And neither did Giroux against the Devils and Toews right now against the Wings. I don’t fault Alfredsson, or any other captain, who is faced with the grim spector of elimination for losing their cool, bc they’re all human.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Saying you don’t like someone (who is his on your most hated rivals team) and basically admitting defeat are completely different things. Not even close to being comparable. Nice try though.

  7. myroncopesflask - May 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Captains of winning teams do not speak to the public about anything but how their team is going to win the next game. Captains of losers joke around about how their team is going to lose. 1975

  8. FoozieGrooler - May 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Q: “Can you beat these guys?”
    A: “Probably not…”

    Sorry Alfredsson, but it’s not easy taking that out of context…

  9. colossal87 - May 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    The Greatest Player on Earth, Sir Sidney, wuld never utter such nonsense, only a geriatric ginger wuld be foolish and blotchy enough to make such a comment, but he knows The Franchise will polish them off tonight.

  10. malkinrulez - May 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    phillyphanatic77 I couldn’t have said it any better

  11. jpdoc26 - May 24, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Daniel Alfredsson = Frank Gallahger

  12. heynyc61 - May 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Cuz Crosby just whines

    • serjjj - May 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      That comment was pretty whiny.

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