Jul 5, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT
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:
Daniel Alfredsson says he didn’t just want to play out the string with the #sens and expects resentment/anger from fans.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 5, 2013
More Alfie: “This is all about trying to win a Stanley Cup.” — Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) July 5, 2013
Alfredsson: “I know what I’ve done in Ottawa. … This is about me. This is a decision I make for myself, not for anybody else.” — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) July 5, 2013
Alfredsson said easy thing would have been to retire as a Senator, but he’s competitive and wouldn’t have felt same drive.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) July 5, 2013
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.”
Aug 27, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT
Of course, neither will be wearing a Sabres’ uniform – not yet at least.
Aug 27, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT
They’ve also appointed Don Sweeney as the AHL team’s new general manager.
Aug 27, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT
It matters given that they will start next season with a largely unchanged roster.
Aug 27, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT
Ken Holland hasn’t been in contact with him lately, but that will change soon.
Aug 27, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT
He hasn’t played for them since 2007.
Aug 27, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT
It’s a two-way deal.
Aug 27, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT
Mr. Hockey still reigns supreme in Detroit.
Aug 27, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT
“I haven’t heard that.”
Aug 27, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT
“We haven’t defined a process and certainly no decisions have been made.”
Aug 27, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT
Needs to bounce back after last year’s disappointing campaign.
Aug 27, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Finished second in the NHL among forwards last year, with 87.
Aug 27, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT
Former Quebec league sniper is gunning for a gig in Detroit.
Aug 27, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT
Former Tampa Bay forward was bought out of his contract earlier this summer, following legal troubles.
Aug 27, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT
The Red Wings are rebuilding on the fly, but are they assembling a future Cup contender?
Aug 27, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
He’ll enter the second season of his seven-year, $36.75 million contract.
Aug 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
They have made it to the playoffs for 23 straight seasons.
Aug 26, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT
He’s the former face of the franchise.
Aug 26, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT
A recent report has added new fuel to the speculation on that subject.
Aug 26, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
Dupuis and Hornqvist are two of the main options.
Aug 26, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT
Will they go another season without one?
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