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‘Disappointed’ Sens GM Murray says Alfie misinformed

Aug 15, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long for Senators general manager Bryan Murray to respond, unhappily, to Daniel Alfredsson’s insinuation that the club broke its promise to compensate the former captain, now a member of the Detroit Red Wings, for playing the 2012-13 season for just $1 million.

“I can say this: I’m disappointed,” Murray told the Ottawa Sun. “It seems Alfie isn’t totally informed of what went on. That had to do with [agent J.P. Barry] didn’t tell me the truth during the week. He kept saying ‘I can’t get in touch with Alfie. I will get back to you with a number.’

“He never got back to me. I never heard back from him after the phone call on Tuesday (before free agency). Alfie called me himself on Thursday night to tell me that he was leaving. I said to J.P. during the earlier conversations I can’t pay you $7 million. That’s what they asked for for the year.

“I offered $4.5 million. I said, ‘Both of us hopefully are flexible and we will talk.’ (Barry) said he would get back to me. I just took for granted that would happen and it never happened. I never heard back. I have not heard from J.P. since the $7 million (demand in New York) Saturday meeting we had. It was $12 million for two years and $7 million for one. That’s disappointing.”

As for Alfredsson’s claim that the original plan was to retire before the 2012-13 season, and that the $1 million salary was only tacked on to bring the cap hit down, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly does believe that amounted to circumvention of the CBA rules. However…

Update (2:41 p.m. ET)

  1. hockeyflow33 - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    The he said/he said argument never works.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Yeah, it’s never benefited anyone to have both sides of an argument presented.

      • tmoore4075 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        The thing is both are trying to save face. To have an argument you need to be truthful, which I doubt either side is being 100% truthful.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      You’re right, arguing through the media makes everyone look great and professional

    • kaptaanamerica - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      People complaining about the owner are idiots.the guy saved hockey in Ottawa invested in the team, scouting, players, etc… the guy deserves credit for taking over the club and building it up.he’s having hard times personally now so how about cutting him some slack.

  2. geo91 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Sens improved, Alfie got a change of scenery, what else is there to talk about? he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, it’s pro sports give me a break, holy balls

  3. sharksfan97 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Sens have a bad owner. They’re lucky they had Alfie’s loyalty for so long.

  4. sprtsfan1 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Too bad, so sad… It’s over, why even talk about it?

  5. detroitcityy - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    He went to the best hockey franchise of the past decade, who wouldn’t do the same?

  6. sens101 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Root of this entire problem: Eugene Melnyk….He is a stubborn A-hole. I get that hockey is a business and he has to try and make money etc etc….but if he doesnt get his way…he is the most spiteful business man.

  7. sjsblitz - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I just hate to hear its about the money. If i could quit my current job and play hockey for a living. Owners get shifty and so do players sometimes

  8. blackhawks2010 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Well, someone isn’t telling the truth….
    Who’s lying?

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Melnyk and Mush-mouth playing the CYA(cover your a$$) game, I don’t think anyone in Ottawa doubts Alfie. Melnyk may have kept the team there but he’s a tightwad, a well known fact!

  9. President Charles Logan - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Who cares, move on , it’s still Ottawa, nothing more then a small little fish in a big NHL ocean

  10. ducksk - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Alfie real colors. Grossly overpaid for years, poor captain. Sens should be happy to be rid of him. It was always someone else’s fault with alfie. See you on the wings 4th liner……

  11. alexb64 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I gotta believe Alfie on this one for 3 reasons:

    1. “I wanted to play for an Original 6 team that had the better chance to win a cup because I’m at the tail end of my career.” or something close to that is the only justification he really needed. Is Detroit closer than Ottawa? Maybe, maybe not. It doesn’t matter though because it was his perception. The Ottawa fans who are most hurt & angry at HIM aren’t going to be swayed by anything he says because he can’t undo the only thing they care about, which is leaving at all.

    2. I can absolutely see the team promising a guy if he takes a significant discount, they’ll “take care” of him after the season. Teams, in all sports, do this all the time, either as a straight bluff or under the hope that they’ll get close enough to a title that the player will do the same thing again to try to best keep the team together.

    3. Murray is Melnyk’s mouthpiece here. Even if what Alfie said is 100% true, Murray isn’t going to come out & say “Yeah we made the promise but the boss changed his mind. Send all of your hate mail care of him.” This is no different than a lot of the trades we’ve seen involving beloved players that were owner initiated, they’re always played off by the GM as a sound move in the best interest of the future of the team.

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