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Report: Alfie not returning to Sens; Detroit likely destination

Jul 5, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

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Daniel Alfredsson will not return to the Senators next season, sources tell the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

If true, it’s a shocking report, considering Alfredsson is (was?) the Sens’ captain and has never played for another team during his 1,000-plus-game career.

An unrestricted free agent, the 40-year-old’s choice is apparently down to Detroit or Boston.

Definitely worth noting at this point: yesterday, the Ottawa Citizen published a detailed story on Eugene Melnyk that suggested the Sens’ owner isn’t close to as rich as he used to be.

The final sentence from the story:

The price he is prepared to pay for Senators talent this year could well be an important clue.

Update: Sounds like the Wings are the team:

  1. jakreidler - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Better get Nick Lidstrom on the phone again..

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Come to Boston Alfie!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      We’ll have the other “Swedish House Mafia”.

  3. rjc32586 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Whatever happens this has huge implications for the new division that has Detroit joining Boston and Ottawa.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      i was thinking the same thing, either way he is gonna be playing his old team 6 times a year. ottawa fans will still cheer him though when he comes to town…they just gotta hope he doesnt knock them out of the playoffs or something dramatic

  4. uscthom78 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Damn those were some expensive CSIs…..can’t afford Alfie now

  5. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM


  6. nicwel - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Come to the Motor City Alfie!

  7. tackledummy1505 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    This will no doubt lower the cap ceiling once again cause every team needs to have a fighting chance at the cup. That’s cool by Flyers ownership since ticket prices never seem to go down lol losers here, all the major market hockey teams. Yeah!!!!! Next thing you’ll hear is Sens ownership files for welfare card and food stamps so he can keep owning his Professional hockey team and still eat lol what a joke

    • esracerx46 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      What the hell are you rambling about?! You went from salary cap and parity in the league to something about the Flyers and ticket prices. And then to the Sens owner not being able to buy food. Dude, pick a direction and go with it otherwise it comes out like that.. Wtf

  8. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    He’s coming to Boston to play with Swedes and his buddies Chara and Kelly.

    But does he have anything left in the tank? Can he produce for another full season and compete for a Cup?

  9. dchambers144 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Maybe he should launch and investigation.

  10. tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Wow I was not expecting that. I guess it comes down to the Senators connection (Peter Chiarelli) vs. the Swede connection (Zetterberg/Lidstrom). This should be interesting. Bring em’ to Boston baby!

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Literally as I wrote that just as the article said “likely B’s or Wings”. As soon as it’s posted, “Detroit likely”, “99% chance of going to Detroit”, etc. Things move pretty fast around here.

  11. modellforprez - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    i thought by him going to boston he would tarnish his legacy at least a little bit but in Hockeytown he might pull it off

  12. pitpenguinsrulez - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Now that’s a shocker

  13. c1md6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Wow. Never thought I’d see alfie in another uniform.

  14. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    “Tarnish his legacy” by joining a team that was just in the finals a few weeks ago and won in 2011?

    What crack are you smoking?

  15. jakreidler - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Welp, this tells me that Brunner will probably walk.. Don’t know how I feel yet as a Wings fan.

    • 2dmo4 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      I agree with you, jak. Hoping Brunner still stays as well.

  16. Habib Marwan - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    lets be realistic, with the exception of one season ..he never had a chance to win a cup in ottawa anyways..

  17. kingcobraman - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    nice way to play out your final year, play with friends, enjoy the games and make some money…

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