Skip to content

It was about the money — Alfredsson explains decision to leave Ottawa

Aug 15, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson AP

Today in Ottawa, Senators fans finally got to hear from former captain Daniel Alfredsson about why he left for the Detroit Red Wings.

The answer, in one word: money.

For the answer in more words, here’s Alfredsson’s explanation, per the Ottawa Citizen:

“When I did my last contract for four years ending in the (2012-13) season, I was asked to help the team manage the salary cap by adding on a extra year to my contract. I agreed. Each side fully expected I would retire and not play the 2012-13 season.

“However, after the 2012 season, I told the Sens I wanted to play another season. I also asked to look at a possible extension this upcoming season at a fair amount to balance out the two years for both of us. They agreed.

“Sadly, the contract negotiations went nowhere, but I played out the season as I had promised and I believe this past season, in my view, was a very special one.”

He went on: “In late June this year, I decided I had it in me to play one more season. I told management I was willing to return and I reminded them of our agreement from the year before.”

But negotiations once again went nowhere, and shortly thereafter the Detroit Red Wings, and other teams, came calling.

As for Alfredsson’s earlier claim that he left for Detroit because he felt the Wings had a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup?

“I wish I could have taken that comment back,” he said.

Certainly, today’s press conference won’t end the questions for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who recently claimed that Alfredsson’s demands were simply too much for the club to meet.

Melnyk told the Ottawa Citizen that Alfredsson came to the Senators with both salary demands and desire for Ottawa to add more talent.

“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.’ It’s ‘which one do you want?’” Melnyk said.

But, as the Citizen’s James Gordon writes, “the perception will likely shift now to one of sympathy for Alfredsson, a player who thought he had an agreement with the team but was left hanging when it came down to putting something on paper.”

Latest Posts
  1. Caps send Game 2 winner Grubauer back to minors

    Apr 28, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin, Philipp Grubauer Alex Ovechkin, Philipp Grubauer

    Stopped 18 of 21 shots in an emergency start for the ailing Braden Holtby.

  2. Armstrong: ‘Let’s live to fight another day’

    Apr 28, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT

    Doug Armstrong

    “I don’t want to tear it apart, but I’m not afraid to make changes if I think it’ll help the team.”

  3. Two Seattle arena proposals, now pitted against each other

    Apr 28, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT

    Seattle Getty Images

    Nothing like a little competition to get things done.

  4. Hamonic suffered torn MCL on Scuderi hit, no surgery required

    Apr 28, 2015, 2:16 PM EDT

    Rob Scuderi, Travis Hamonic Getty Images

    Isles defenseman missed the entire opening-round series loss to Washington.

  5. Here’s the Stanley Cup playoffs Round 2 schedule

    Apr 28, 2015, 1:54 PM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators - Game Four Getty Images

    Kicks off on Thursday with the Rangers taking on the Caps, and the Flames facing the Ducks.

  6. Poile: Preds hoped Franson trade ‘would work out better’

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    “It wasn’t a perfect fit, to be honest.”

  7. Rutherford admits mistakes, but has support of Penguins ownership

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:21 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston Press Conference Getty Images

    Should be an interesting offseason in Pittsburgh.

  8. Malkin, Tarasenko to play for Russia at Worlds

    Apr 28, 2015, 11:29 AM EDT

    Evgeni Malkin Getty Images

    Though the former will be on the limp.

  9. Wings’ Kronwall has hearing today for hit on Kucherov

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT

    Niklas Kronwall Getty Images

    Occurred late in the second period on Monday night.

  10. Fisher, Ribeiro express desire to remain with Preds

    Apr 28, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

    Mike Fisher Getty Images

    Both are unrestricted free agents this summer.

  11. PHT Morning Skate: Paul Pierce chirps the Islanders

    Apr 28, 2015, 8:07 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 7.57.34 AM

    Tuesday’s collection of links.

  12. Tavares struggles to believe ‘it’s really over’ for Isles

    Apr 28, 2015, 12:04 AM EDT

    John Tavares AP

    It’s also tough to say what happens next.

  13. Video: Breaking down Kuznetsov’s series-clincher for Caps

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:16 PM EDT

    Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Orpik Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Orpik

    Barry Trotz says he has the joy of a kid and the maturity of a man.

Featured video

Price brilliant for Habs
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. Z. Kassian (2378)
  2. S. Weber (2125)
  3. A. Burrows (2007)
  4. M. Giordano (1948)
  5. M. Zuccarello (1935)
  1. K. Letang (1683)
  2. C. Price (1657)
  3. D. Carcillo (1635)
  4. L. Bouma (1548)
  5. K. Klein (1490)