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Ottawa columnist rips Alfie for ‘going to a dump like Detoilet’

Aug 16, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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It’s a slow August Friday, so let’s shake it up a bit with a column from Matt Cooke’s favorite sports writer, the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan.

In his latest piece, Brennan expressed disappointment that former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was willing to throw away his Ottawa legacy to go to, of all places, Detroit.

He acknowledged the move was all about the money.

Without repeating Alfredsson’s chronology of how it all went down, the bottom line is he would have been handsomely rewarded had he stayed put. As well paid as he will be with the Red Wings? Maybe, or maybe a few hundred thousand shy of that. So a guy who has earned between $60-70 million from the Senators is going to a dump like Detoilet — and if you have ever visited Motown’s downtown, you can’t object to that classification — over a measly mil?

It’s nice that he’s taking the family on a “new adventure,” but the Alfredssons aren’t exactly on their way to Disney World. The boys are being torn from their friends and schools and hockey programs, and while their new house is sure to be in a ritzy neighbourhood, it’s not like Hugo and Loui will be able to play road hockey outside Joe Louis Arena while dad is at practice. The sticks would be stolen out of their hands.

Brennan, who said that Alfredsson revealed himself as “just another greedy athlete,” ended his piece with some strong words for Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

Is Alfredsson, at age 40, worth $7 million a year? Of course not. As strictly a player, like he will be in Detroit, he’s valued about right at $3.5 million plus bonuses. But for all he’s done as a Senator, what he means to Ottawa and what he can still bring, $7 million is a bargain.

If Melnyk doesn’t see that, or couldn’t afford such an amount while acquiring Bobby Ryan, then we should all be worried for the Senators.

Related: ‘Disappointed’ Sens GM Murray says Alfie misinformed

  1. thedavesiknowiknow - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    He should rip his hands off for coming up with a pun like “Detoilet”, and actually typing it.

    • canadianguest - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      He didn’t come up with the pun;

      • 950003cups - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I’m sure the people of bankrupt Detroit who just lost their pension after working their entire lives are just tickled pink that Alfie came to Detroit because the money was good.

  2. spochiefsfan - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM


  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    A little bitter eh? Alfie has defined the sens and their organization/history , he will be missed my many Ottawa fans , just playing one year for Detroit won’t kill any Ottawa fans. I know you’ll miss him , but now is the Ryan and spezza era.

  4. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Haha, whatever it’s not like the Twa was going to win a cup last year, or this year, or next year so what does it matter to Ottawa fans, let the man chase a cup. Besides as much as I despise clownface, as a Red Wings fan -sigh- this does make a dangerous contending team even more of one, without sacrificing anything long term, smart pick-up.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Wings are going for 23 years of post-seasons in a row…They have every reason to be show boaty and loyal! they are fans of team that is consistent and always competitive

  5. mrmikey64 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    It’s obvious the writer has NEVER been to Detroit given the fact he references downtown Detroit as De-toilet and that is the one part of the city that Isn’t bad…

    • claudegirwho - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Michigan is a dump in general

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        You obviously haven’t been to the Mitten recently.

      • irvin12589 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        claude you are flat out ignorant.

  6. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Classless. And I mean the writer, not Alfie.

  7. hubeydubeydoo11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Alfie did what many stars of his caliber would never do! he took a pay cut and he consistently was underpaid in his career! Ottawa owes him gratitude not all this criticism. He Gave his entire career to them and did everything for the organization and he is now thinking about him self. Ottawa needs to get over it and move on! He was one of the best leaders in the league today. Ottawa needs to handle this with class and stop playing the blame game and just wish him luck and move on to the Ryan Spezza and Karralsson era

  8. yustasayin - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hey dubeydoo, your absolutely correct except you should aim your comments to the jerk fans and writers in every NHL city that spout off for themselves and not the city their from!

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Let’s not kid ourselves, at this point, Detroit has a better shot at a Cup right now. Don’t get me wrong, Ottawa has a good, young team but they’re not legitimate Cup contenders. Now Detroit isn’t necessarily elite either but I think most would agree they have a better chance of coming out of the East than Ottawa. I think the Senators playoff failures through the years factored into the decision.

  10. greenmtnboy31 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Ottawa should have a parade of Melnyk, he did the city and the Senators a big favor.

    “But for all he’s done as a Senator, what he means to Ottawa and what he can still bring, $7 million is a bargain.”

    He’s been well paid, probably more then he was worth, for “all he’s done as a Sentor”; he’s overrated. What does he mean to Ottawa? He hasn’t won them a Cup or even come close. The point is he really can’t bring anything, he’s pedestrian and Melnyk knows it. $7 is about four or five million more than he’s worth or some nitwit GM would have paid him $7M.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      The Ottawa all time leader in points is overrated? really?!?!?! Alfie is one of the greatest captains and leaders in today’s NHL

  11. jjregan21 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Alfie operated in good faith, and Melnyk tried to take advantage of that. If the writer believes if he was in the same situation, he should fold to his boss, then he should grow a pair.

  12. budzo83 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    As a Detroiter, I don’t really take offence to this becasue this is how Sun Media sells papers; They have never been confused for journalists. My favorite line is “over a measly mil.” Yeah, what a crumb-snatcher. That measly mil is more than 95% will make in our entire lives.

    Watch for tomorrow’s headline: “Sens owner Melnyk launches forensic investigation into why Alfie left”

    • timmmah10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Not to mention this is a newspaper… a million dollars to them would keep them relevant another decade. Too bad they won’t get that mil… If it wasn’t for the internet, nobody would even see their writing.

      Sounds like this guy is butt-hurt over the whole thing. How about this piece of the puzzle: If it was between Ottawa and Detroit, then even at even pay Alfie would make more money in the US due to the very high tax rates in Canada. So that million turned to like 1.5 mil… is that “measly”?

    • ibieiniid - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      i’m glad somebody said it. I would GLADLY go live in Detroit for a million bucks.

  13. micasa81 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Priceless sub-heading Brough.

  14. blackhawks2010 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    That dump in Detroit is closer to a Cup than Ottawa will be for the next years….bitter much?

  15. nappyhoose - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I just had a nice email conversation with Don Brennan. Here is the transcript. What a DB!

    From: *********************************
    Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 04:11 PM
    Subject: Alfie

    Wahhhh!!!! Alfie left our crappy little team with 0 championships to go to Detroit. I know, I’ll just call Detroit “Detoilet” because that’s original! That insult hasn’t been used 17 million times on the Internet yet, right? Look, don’t blame Detroit if Alfredsson wants to play for a team that actually has a chance of winning a Cup in the next 50 years. How does a douche bag like you get a job writing a column when you can’t even come up with something more original than “Detoilet”, eh?

    From: Don Brennan []
    Sent: Friday, August 16, 2013 4:18 PM
    To: *************
    Subject: Re: Alfie

    How is it you waste your time sending a douche bag like me an email? I was doing my job. I get paid for it. Nobody is asking you to write a columnist you don’t even know. I get you want to become pen pals with a person people actually recognize as a public figure, David Who?, but I’m sorry to say our relationship is over now.
    Don’t kill yourself.

    My response:
    I don’t consider it a waste of time standing up for my city to a douche bag like you. I’m pretty sure we don’t have a relationship. I’m also pretty sure your editor didn’t say “Hey Don, write some childish, unoriginal remark about Detroit in your next column.” And oh, what a swelled head you have if consider yourself recognizable as a public figure. Hah! That’s hilarious!

  16. vikes1980 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    who really cares what this tool has to say…he is from Canada…. I would say he is just a little sad that his team sucks and their star for so many years got tired of losing and wanted to go to an actual contender….. get a life dick

  17. mizbinboston - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I suppose we should give him props for not calling us “The Detoilet Dead Things.”

    God I feel bad for Sens fans. Their front office is a complete mess and their sports columnist is the literary genius that is Don Brennan.

  18. irvin12589 - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Yea the city ain’t the greatest place but the Red Wings are one of the most if not the most Storied franchise in sports. Show me another team that has made the playoffs in 20+ consecutive years in ANY sport. This writer should never write another article based on his ignorance.

  19. pastabelly - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Bruins made the playoffs 29 straight times. 20 is nice, but they have a ways to go. The difference between Ottawa and Detroit is pretty slim right now.

    • nappyhoose - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      How many Cups did the Bruins win in those 29 years? 2. The Red Wings won 4 over the course of a decade. Boston won their 2 at the very beginning of the streak and then it was 24 years of playoff disappointment after playoff disappointment.

    • nappyhoose - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      By the way, the Wings have made it 22 straight, not 20.

    • mizbinboston - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Right. I’m over in Somerville. Please come talk to me about Bruins hockey. Where you at and what bar? How is this even a conversation about the B’s?

      • mizbinboston - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        Apologies– got defensive about the Bruins when you make some pretty good points.

  20. tdrusher225 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    That sounds like something a commenter would come up with

  21. President Charles Logan - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    LOL the Ottawa Senators, always the poor little red headed step cousins of the League

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