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Alfredsson expects anger from Sens fans, ‘as there definitely should be’

Jul 5, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson AP

Say this about Daniel Alfredsson — he’s honest.

The longtime captain and face of the Senators franchise signed with Detroit today on a one-year, $5.5 million deal — and, in speaking with the media, acknowledged his desire to win a Cup elsewhere will probably rile up Ottawa fans.

“I’m not worried about my legacy,” Alfredsson explained. “I expect there will be resentment and anger from fans, as I think there definitely should be.”

Ottawa’s sixth-round selection at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Alfie debuted with the club in 95-96 and went on to win the Calder Trophy and represent the team at the annual All-Star Game.

From there, the accolades continued to pour in: In 1999, he was named team captain; in 2006 he was named to the NHL’s second All-Star Team; in 2012 he won the King Clancy Memorial trophy and this year, captured the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

But after 18 seasons in the Canadian capital, it’s clear Alfredsson felt he needed a change.

First, there was his odd “probably not” comment when asked if Ottawa could come back from a 3-1 series deficit against Pittsburgh.

More recently, it was revealed Sens owner Eugene Melnyk is “feeling less flush than he used to,” (according to the Ottawa Citizen), and the team was reportedly working with a $50 million internal salary cap for next season, $14 million below the ceiling.

Not exactly what you’d expect from a Stanley Cup contender.

As such, it’s easier to understand why Alfie said the following:


It was a candid and frank series of admissions. The ex-Sens captain even went so far as to describe his choice as selfish.

“It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup,” he said. “[That’s] a big priority for me.”

  1. herc883 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Good for him. He’s earned his right to choose.

    • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      He did earn his right to choose, but that doesn’t make his choice an honorable one.

      • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Yes… actually, VERY HONORABLE.

        I said the same thing when Hossa went to Chicago… still hurts….

        Vet players have EARNED the right to make $ or Cup Winning decisions, period.

      • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Don’t get mad at me, get mad at Alfredsson. He said it himself – “I expect there will be resentment and anger from fans, as I think there definitely should be. It pretty much came down to a selfish decision.”

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Just my opinion, but “I expect anger and resentment” is a much nicer way of saying “I realize many fans are mouth-breathing idiots with zero perspective regarding the decision I’ve made.”

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Yea, give him a break, jeeze. What more do you want from him?

    • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Alfie… we are highly honored to have you wear the WINGED WHEEL…

      Go RED WINGS…

  3. stratomaticfan - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Stanley Cup, huh? Then why Detroit over Boston?

    • 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Playing the odds that back to back finals appearances are out of Boston’s reach, particularly after losing Horton, Seguin and Ference all in the same offseason?

    • laurarestum - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      You’re looking at last season. He’s looking at now and the future. He saw what wings are capable of and where they are going. He knows owners and management don’t spend umpteen years building teams, they breed winners from the gate. He also can see what Ken Holland has aggressively accomplished (a pleasant surprise and I must give him kudos on these moves).. It is clear the Wings have one goal in mind and that isn’t to build a young team. It is to breed winners. Period. Taking a bunch of swift young guys and adding a pinch of experienced determined men to Inspire balance and great strength at the core with one clear mission: To win the cup in 2014. Amen. Welcome Alfie. You served your time. You are a man of character. Life is short, Dream Careers even shorter. You deserve to do what’s in your heart and makes your gut relax. There are no rewards for pleasing others and the best gift you can give your fans is to love yourself enough to stay true to who you are, follow your dreams, and WIN THAT CUP!! You are a man to ADMIRE!! It takes GARGANTUA BALLS TO DO WHAT YOU DID! BRAVO!!! And welcome.. To Hockey Town!!

  4. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    When Bourque had to leave Boston for a Cup with Colorado, I understood. The team wasn’t a contender then and Ray very much deserved his name etched onto Lord Stanley.

    Good luck Alfie. Except against the Bruins.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      I still hate that move. How much does it mean to have your name etched in when there will be an asterik beside it saying “couldn’t do it on his own, so joined a contender when he was old and washed up”. Both these dudes are still going to the Hall. They will be remembered.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Nobody “does it on his own”.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Thank you Capt. Obvious.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Well, clearly it wasn’t obvious to everybody…I mean, one dumbass even talked about “not being able to do it on his own.” Oh, wait. That was you!

      • sunderlanding - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        It’s a figure of speech, or maybe you didn’t get that far in school?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Oh, so now I’m the stupid one? Is that how this works. Whatever makes you feel better, I suppose.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Settle down it was just an expression.

  5. dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    In honor of winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the captain says f’k you to his team…lol!

    • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      your a prejudicial troll… get lost.

      • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Sticks & stones….lol

      • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        no.. you’re taking too much credit.

      • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Credit?….You sniffing glue or something?

  6. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Looks like the Captain wanted a new crew for his next voyage. He gave Ottawa a lot. For many years they had lean times too. He’s earned this. The fans should cheer him on and not crucify him.

    I’d like to be ticked he didn’t take Chiarelli’s offer, but the guy earned the right to make his own choice.

    Like Iginla, I hope he learns he chose poorly. But best of luck to Alfie, regardless.

  7. blackhawks2010 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Alfie deserves a shot at Cup, not on a team that is set to focus on spending less and not willing to improve the roster. This reminds me of the Hawks in the late 90’s thru 2005.

    • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      That is PRECISELY the point… Ottawa is about to enter yet ANOTHER… rebuilding.

      … and Alfie knows it… and the Sens know it.

  8. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    People in Ottawa don’t have to like it- but anyone who isn’t standing the first time he comes back to Ottawa sucks. He put in work on and off the ice there- let the dude have a shot elsewhere if he feels better about Detroit.

  9. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I really don’t like the decision of Detroit to even make a offer..why bring in a 40 year old when you have a 27 year old brunner that’s gonna be a scoring threat in a couple years. Doesn’t make sense, they just let him walk away

    • mizbinboston - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Because you can bring in a classy veteran–on a one year deal–who’ll set a good example for the younger guys instead of being saddled with a 3-4 year deal for a 27 year old who legitimately has two younger (and cheaper) guys ready to take his place. I like Brunner, and Fil for that matter, and wish nothing but the best for them. But they’re as cookie-cut a Detroit forward as they can be, and Detroit has plenty of that type waiting in the, er, wings.

      $50 bucks says Tomas Tartar will be the happiest Red Wing on the planet when Brunner signs elsewhere.

      Alfredsson is a great signing. Low-risk, affordable, he’s still producing, and hands-down a great guy. It’ll be fun to watch him this season.

  10. chrisk61 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    alfredsson is a class act. accept it. give him a pass.


    ott went 7 gms in playoffs 2 yrs ago. that might have been something to build on. but they came up small vs pitt this yr.

    alfredsson paid his dues in ott. gave them everything on and off the ice for many yrs. let him walk. he deserves it.

  11. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Nothing but the cold hard truth from Alfie

  12. capsfan19 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Do yo thang man. D-troit is going to get a chance to play the sens several times so it will be interesting ha

  13. letsgopens8771 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    At least he didn’t go to the Bruins. That’d be worse.

  14. weaselpuppy - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    When you commit to winning, guys like Yzerman, Lidstrom etc stay their whole career. Even then, some don’t ( Federov=drama queen), but you do attract guys like Alfie, Hull, Larionov, Robitaille, Hasek etc…..

    don’t blame Alfie, blame your organization for being willing to be just good enough to not get it all quite done in 18 years…#hardtruth=toughlove

  15. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Didn’t he take a huge salary cut last year to stay with the Senaturds? The guy deserves to get paid, if Melnyk could reciprocate the “stand up ” gesture by doing the right thing then to heck with him! Alfie doesn’t owe an apology to Ottawa at all, especially after they overpaid a third liner today in MacArthur and an spoiled kid in Ryan.

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