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Senators GM believes team could have kept Alfredsson despite Ryan trade

Aug 13, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk made it seem like the team needed to draw a line in the sand in July: either keep Daniel Alfredsson or trade for a significant player like Bobby Ryan. Sens GM Bryan Murray told NHL.com that the team probably would have been able to find a way to make it work with both players, however.

“I think Eugene’s being a little hard on himself in that scenario,” Murray said on Tuesday. “We had talked about a way of doing Alfie’s contract and still making the trade for Bobby Ryan, both financially and in terms of player return for [the Anaheim Ducks].”

Murray notes that he isn’t absolutely certain that the Ryan + Alfredsson setup would work, but he believes it would have at least been feasible.

The veteran GM admits that the franchise does indeed have an in-house budget that’s under the salary cap ceiling, although he notes that Melnyk wouldn’t be against making an impact move that pushes the payroll up higher. It just so happens that the time needs to be right.

All this conjecture makes the possibility of Alfredsson opening up on Thursday that much more enticing.

  1. stinkpretty1 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Seems like this organization cannot get over losing alfredsson. All of us are tired of these guys whining from Matt Cookes skate incident and now this nonsense.

    Managements idea of using the media to rationalize these motives are ridiculous. (Seguin situation aswell)

    Best comment I’ve read on this site was when someone said ” when an organization trades a player, its part of the business, but when a player leaves on his own its shock and awe”

    #SpezzaForCaptain

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      This sounds like Toronto-level whining. I’m actually pretty happy this didn’t happen in T.O. or we’d be reading nothing but moaning and bellyaching daily for weeks on end.

  2. hockeydon10 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Holy crap Sens. You guys really need to shut up.

    When Alfie went to Free Agency, a rumor immediately popped up that the Sens have somewhere around a $50M cap internally.

    Just recently, Melnyk said in an interview that the Sens have an internal cap number of around $50M.

    I notice that capgeek has the Sens listed at $53.8M with 22 players signed. (one player left to fill out the roster)

    I also notice that 53.8 is very close to “around $50M internal cap” that was rumored.

    Melnyk has been having financial problems and has been blaming the Sens, just a couple years after saying the Sens carry their weight financially.

    Maybe — and this is pure speculation on my part — Alfie got slightly fed up with the team never spending to the cap and didn’t like the signals he got from the brass in the Sens organization.

    Occam’s Razor and all that.

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