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Alfie to talk Thursday?

Aug 12, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson AP

Over the weekend, as many Ottawa hockey fans continued to smolder over the departure of longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk went on a PR offensive.

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Melnyk claimed that Alfredsson’s initial contract demands took the Sens by surprise, as did the veteran forward’s request to spend more money on other areas of the roster.

“You can’t have it both ways and say, ‘Well I want this for me, but I want you to do this with me and the team,’” said Melnyk. “It’s ‘which one do you want?’”

On Thursday, we may find out if Alfredsson accepts Melnyk’s side of the story, per the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Suffice to say, it could be interesting if Alfie has a different take.

We’d also like to hear more on why he feels Detroit has a better shot at a Stanley Cup than Ottawa. Not because we disagree with him necessarily, but that’s the reason he gave for making the move to Motown.

Melnyk, not surprisingly, doesn’t agree with that notion.

“I think he’s wrong, I’ll tell you that, that’s where we part ways — I disagree — ‘cause I think we’re a better team, but if he believes it and he’s committed to it, then it was his prerogative,” Melnyk continued. “All we could do is wish him all the best. We look forward to Detroit finishing right behind us and him having a good year.”

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Alfie, we all know the real story. Stick to the high road.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I think we all know what’s needed here: a forensic investigation that will get to the bottom of exactly why Alfie walked.

  3. nygdriveforfive - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Melynk needs to shut up and quick. Enough of the lies Eugene.

  4. pone27 - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I think this whole story is getting completely blown out of proportion.

    Let’s face it: The Sens have never come close to the cap ceiling, so for the Sens to all of sudden and do that to sign Alfie for that large of a potential contract at his age would have surprised me.

    It sounds more and more to me that Alfie had his MO and Melynk had his way before the free agency period and neither budged. It’s nature of the business. The Sens now have their replacement for Alfie, and if I am a sens fan, I’d be pretty happy about it.

    My take: sounds to me like Alfie took an extra possible million bucks to go play with the Wings. I don’t think he will have much more of a chance in Detroit as he will in Ottawa. I think the sens are going to be a good team.

  5. LampyB - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    The Senators aren’t even a close comparison to Wings caliber. Would they have taken Hawks to a Game 7 OT? Hell no, not a chance. The Wings have made big upgrades already, the Sens added Ryan. This and Anderson wont stand on his again this year, he’ll be good but he’ll fall back by the law of averages. Sorry Sens fans, you have a good first round team.

    • ctblue796 - Aug 13, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Spoken like a true ignorant fan. What major upgrades? They just got older. All your core players are old. Alfie has no chance to win a cup in detroit. Boston would have been a much better chance. The only reason why the wings took the hawks to a game 7 is because chicago sucked at the beginning. If the hawks played like they did in game 5, 6, 7, in game 1 2 and 3, the hawks would have swept your team full of old farts.

      • gekkoguy82 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Ah yes, the trusty “Red Wings are too old to be competitive” argument. Such original thinking for a non-ignorant hockey fan like yourself!

  6. blomfeld - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Är du allvarlig?

    I know that the Ottawa Senators ‘mean well’ and all. But seriously, what’s up with all of these ‘dramatic’ pictures of Alfredsson lately trying to pose like he’s in some Ingmar Bergman film ? Needless to say friends, I’m now ‘convinced’ that there could be more to this story than PHT is letting on ? …

  7. tmoore4075 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I hope he just talks about his reasons and leaves what Melnyk said out of it. We all know he’s lying about the Ryan trade (not being able to do it if Alfie stayed) so just keep it about your reasons. I like that he’s doing it now. Shouldn’t be as much of a distraction when he goes back to Ottawa in the season.

  8. hockeydon10 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    When he signed with the Wings, there was immediately a rumor of a $50M internal cap for the Sens. I notice that they are sitting at $53.8M with 22 players signed (one more to fill out the roster).

    Recently Melnyk has been having some financial troubles.

    Recently Melnyk mentioned putting an internal cap around $50M is just how the Sens have to approach the season.

    There was speculation that Alfie was fed up with that internal restriction; that when he didn’t hear that the team was going to spend up to the cap on available free agents, it pushed him to test the FA waters. (Didn’t he narrow it down to 2-3 teams before choosing the Wings?)

    Maybe these rumors had a little more truth to it than not.

    And now Melnyk’s only move is to deny, deny, deny while trying to sweetly stab Alfie in the back?

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