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Sens GM Murray: Alfredsson conversation ‘devastating, disappointing’

Jul 5, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

Bryan Murray AP

In what was a roller coaster of a day for the Ottawa Senators, GM Bryan Murray couldn’t help but describe the low point.

Following a period in which the team lost longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson and gained Bobby Ryan via trade, Murray told reporters the discussion he had with Alfredsson about leaving Ottawa was painful.

“It was a devastating, disappointing conversation,” Murray explained. “Hard to swallow.

“We’re going to miss him as a person, a leader and a guy in the community.”

There was a lot to digest during Murray’s press availability, so here are some bullet points:

— Murray said Alfredsson’s salary demands weren’t an issue and never really played a role. Owner Eugene Melnyk reportedly told the Sens GM “to pay him” (meaning Alfredsson) and that contract negotiations never really got started. (link)

— Murray only talked money/salary once with Alfredsson’s agent, JP Barry, and that was in New York the day before the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. (link)

— Alfredsson was given the option to stick with the club, then be moved at the deadline if the Sens weren’t a Cup contender. He shot the idea down. (link)

— Murray said Alfredsson had been appraised, well in advance, of the organization’s effort to try and deal for Ryan. (link)

All in all, it came across as a very emotional and upsetting development for both the Sens organization and, on a personal level, Murray himself.

The Sens GM tried to put a positive spin on things, but that proved difficult given the circumstances.

“I hope your fans understand that this is something that happens sometimes,” he explained. “It’s hard to lose this guy.”

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Direct quote was, ” Hard to ssssssssssswallow…” Dude, Alfie left cuz he was tired of Murray spitting on him.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Taking: ridiculing someone for their speech difficulties is not the sign of a mature adult. Go sit in the corner.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    how could senators fans or management do anything but wish him the best of luck? this happens all the time in sports, athletes are competitive people and he wants to compete for a championship. murray should quit vilifying an admirable professional and act like one himself. and for the whole opting out for a trade at the deadline, it’s a total role of the dice for alfredsson. there’s absolutely no way of predicting who would want him, and more importantly, if teams that have mutual interest would be willing to part with what it would take to get him. He has paid his dues and shown remarkable character and loyalty throughout his career. if, as a player, he doesn’t deserve to make this kind of decision then i don’t know who does.

    • polegojim - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM


    • tdrusher225 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Well said

  3. bunglesandbears - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    There must have been something behind the scenes that we don’t know about. It wasn’t money, and it wasn’t the teams willingness to try and improve. Maybe like Grabo it’ll come out in the end, but my bet is Alfi has too much class for that and we’ll never know.

  4. mrpinkca - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    But was he blackmailed by the Red Wings into leaving?

    Find out next week on CSI: Ottawa

  5. elguapo12 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    I’m guessing Zetterberg and some old-timer Swedish daydreaming factored in to the decision. Anyway, time for someone else to take charge of the Sens. Alfie was great, but he’s moved on and so should the team. Let’s see if Spezza can step up, otherwise Ryan and Karlsson seem more than willing and able. Alfie could have been a Sakic, but now he’s just a Sundin.

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