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Daniel Alfredsson’s troll game is strong

Aug 19, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

It’s been the summer for offseason drama that never stops in Ottawa as new Detroit Red Wing Daniel Alfredsson and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk have traded versions of their story of what happened and who to blame for him signing with the Wings.

The fun never ends, however, as players are back in Ottawa skating in preparation for training camp and that includes Alfredsson. Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen snapped this picture of him skating with some of his former Sens teammates and wearing very familiar gear.

Daniel Alfredsson may not win any personal awards this season, but he’s locked down the “Troll Job of the Year.”

  1. hockey7515 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I don’t see the problem. He’s in Ottawa with his former teammates who are also in Senator jerseys.

  2. DonkeyStick - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    VERY slow hockey news day I see

  3. jpelle82 - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    i was really hoping he was wearing a redwings jersey in ottawa, but alas, now i’m wasting even more time than it took to read it by commenting on it.

  4. ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Ottowafan18 – Aug 19

    Wingnut43 – Aug 19

    KenHolland1 – Aug 19

    there, i saved you from reading past this comment.

  5. trbowman - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I liked PHT’s article on how Ottawa actually upgraded massively with Ryan. The moment I heard Bryan Murray say Ottawa would be in pursuit of a top player Bobby Ryan popped in my head. Unlike the dumbos in Buffalo, that man knows how to run a hockey club.

    And the Sens front office people should knock it off already (as should Alfredsson for that matter). If they want to make Alfredsson look foolish, just beat his hockey club in the playoffs or otherwise go further. And Ottawa has a much stronger hockey club than Detroit, so it’s likely they will.

    Detroit’s annual signing of REALLY aging/aging vets continued this year with Alfredsson and Weiss. They’re chasing a cup hard but the reality is that franchise is finally nearing the point where they’re gonna have to blow it up and re-build the right way, which Ottawa has already done. The Red Wings are likely a first round exit in the playoffs this year. If they even scratch in.

    Speaking of rebuilding, my Buffalo Sabres should be fun to watch this year as we scratch for the bottom of the barrel.

    • fuggles42 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      You don’t watch a lot of hockey, do you?

      • trbowman - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Evidently you don’t, if you think anything I’ve said is wrong.

        Detroit’s deficiencies were exposed by Nashville in the 2012 playoffs, and that was the final nail in their coffin as a real cup contender. They barely made the playoffs last year and only managed to beat a Boudreau coached team that massively overachieved and had zero depth – And also bizarrely started Hiller over his much better backup.

        As for Ryan, he’s a massively better player than Alfredsson at this stage in their careers. That’s not even a debatable point.

      • timmmah10 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I love the “Detroit is old” argument that continues. And who cares about the 2012 playoffs?!? This isn’t even close to the same team as two years ago. (Average age has dropped 2 years a player since then, for one)

        So they got a guy in his prime (Weiss) and then signed an over the hill guy for experience. Bert and Sammy both have one foot on the golf course and Tootoo likely on the outside looking in, so they didn’t do anything to sour the current team while they once again do their “on the fly” rebuild with all of their young players that are starting to contribute.

        And last I checked, the Wings were able to take the stanley cup winners to a game 7 OT… even with their “inefficiencies”.

        PS – Signing Weiss at a lower price than Filppula was a great deal. Guys like Tatar and Nyquist are expected to contribute. Don’t forget Dekayser is a part of the roster now as well. I only see improvements from last year.

    • lidstrom5 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Been hearing (there nearing there end point and are going to blow it up) for like 22 years now…that being said again they will roll in talent that’s home grown and roll along like they keep doing …… enough said lol

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        “enough said.”

        maybe? you’d be well advised to find the comma key….

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        best come back ever …. and totally related to the topic here …. matter of fact you get 5 stars for that one.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        it’s not a comeback. i’m telling you that reading your first reply was like deciphering a Pearl Jam song.

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        but I like Pearl Jam !

      • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM


      • sheckyrimshot - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM


      • ibieiniid - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        lmao good one shecky.

    • lidstrom5 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I think this comment was a supposed to be some kind of disinformation try or something .

    • drewsylvania - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Most of this is correct. Detroit’s core:

      Datsyuk: 34
      Zetterberg: 32
      Franzen: 33
      Kronwall: 32

      Granted, they have guys like Nyquist and later Sproul to help. But they’re hardly sure things.

      And Ryan is likely to be a major improvement on Alfie going forward. How could he not be? Alfie is 40.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Alfie was a 1 year acquisition. And yes, if he was worth what they gave up (don’t know enough about them to have an opinion), Sens will be better off year after this.

      • lidstrom5 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        First off ill be the one to say that every prospect is a risk in the Wings system ……I mean not every player that comes out of juniors hot and supplies a good track record is a lock.
        to be honest everyone knows its well under 50% in the end but they more guys coming out the Just Nyquist and Sproul.
        Petr Mrazek
        Calle Jarnkrok
        Tomas Jurco
        Martin Frk<——all because of a leg injury would be the only reason why Wings got him.
        Dan DeKeyser
        Anthony Mantha

        would I throw a pay check at all these names to be first, second line talent in the NHL ?
        Hello no but the odds are the same as any other teams prospects.
        the only thing that (may)<—- give an edge is the track record of the scouting staff.

  6. drewsylvania - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Yerdon misses the point again. It’s Detroit that should be a little annoyed with this, not Ottawa. If this were some other player, we’d be saying “his heart is still with Ottawa”, and wondering if the Wings won’t like him wearing a rival team’s jersey.

    • hockeydon10 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Wings organization is too professional to whine about it, if they’re even concerned about it at all, which I doubt.

  7. LampyB - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Trbowman you’re an idiot. Detroit has one of the youngest squads, you’re post is almost entirely incorrect. Wings will exit first round based on what? Having built a team stronger than the one that took the Hawks to a game 7 OT? Farther than any other team was able to take them? This was done during a supposed “rebuilding year”.

    Wings players under 30 yrs old:
    Eaves, abdelkader, andersson, emerton, helm, miller, nyquist, tatar, dekeyser, weiss, ericsson, kindl, lashoff, quincey, smith, gustavsson, howard

    Do I have to repeat how uninformed you are?

    • trbowman - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Because young age always equals a lot of skill, right?

      And hold on – did you just list JONAS GUSTAVSSON as a notable player Detroit has below the age of 30? He’s one of the worst netminders in the entire league.

      There are some decent players there – but I can name a ton of players on teams Detroit has to battle for a playoff spot that have about an equal amount of skill on their own clubs. There’s a couple of clear cut top East teams, but most of the conference is going to be a massive cluster of teams grappling for spots with sixteen teams, many of whom have improved. Detroit isn’t one of those clear cut teams locked into a top spot, they’re gonna be grappling around the 7-8 area.

      • fuggles42 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Which is it? Are they young and unskilled, or old as dirt and ready to be blown up and rebuilt? First you said they were grasping for straws by signing really aging vets (and then for some reason used Weiss as an example) and when everyone points out they have a ton of young guys, you switch to “yeah but they all suck”. If your determined to play devils advoctae and try to convince everyone how teribad Detroit is and will be lucky to make the playoffs, at least try a consistent tact. In the end though, pretty much no one is buying it, as it’s a tired old argument that has proven wrong for 22 years now.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Interesting reading the bickering going on between the fans of his former and currehnt team. One good thing I’m not seeing is nonesense like “Wings will struggle against the more bigger/more physical/more intense… east”.

    From my perspective, the Atlantic should be the toughest division to make the playoffs in (not “homer based” comment, as I’m a Hawks fan)’,. 5 teams with a legit chance (Bruins, Habs, Leafs, Wings, Sens), plus the chance a young teams in the south suddenly maturing. Likely is of those 5 teams that are the likely teams, there will be one odd man out (

    I’ve looked at 3 different projections such as BleacherReport, and they all rank them differently. January should shed some light on who’s likely in and who may be left out, until then, the “my team is better than your team” between two teams that made it to the 2nd round are pretty pointless in August.

  9. 19inarow - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Oh please. It merely shows the maturity and sophistication of him and his ex-mates. It’s people like the writer of this “article” who strive to create childish drama.

  10. blomfeld - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM


    The term “Quisling” was coined by the British newspaper The Times in an editorial published on 19 April 1940, entitled “Quislings everywhere” after the Norwegian Vidkun Quisling, who assisted Nazi Germany as it conquered his own country so that he could rule the collaborationist Norwegian government himself. The Daily Mail picked up the term four days later, and the BBC then brought it into common use internationally. The Times’ editorial asserted: “To writers, the word Quisling is a gift from the gods. If they had been ordered to invent a new word for traitor, they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters”.

    The bottom line friends is that the ‘optics’ of Alfredsson’s shenanigans here are ‘dreadful’ and it amounts to nothing short of spitting in this faces of his new employer and fans. I actually feel sorry for the Red Wings and it’s just a shame that as an organization they lack the ‘backbone” to do what now needs to be. As we all know, if Alfredsson or any other turncoat ever tried to pull this crap with our ‘glorious & beloved’ LA Kings, the little weasel would be ‘dealt with’ so quick he wouldn’t even know what hit him !

    • ibieiniid - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Blom, what does Ogie Oglethorpe have to do with this? (sorry, i don’t see a lot of white afros…. so they all look the same to me.)

    • drewsylvania - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Whether snark or serious, this is poorly done.

  11. canadianguest - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Alfredsson allegedly farted on an elevator today. Bryan Murray attempted to speak with Alfredsson about the incident, but neither he, nor his agent, JP Barry, got back to him. Melnyk accused JP Barry of orchestrating the entire incident. JP Barry commented that he was in contract with his client during the entire incident and that Dany Heatley had nothing to do with what happened. Alfredsson called a press conference, and with tissue box in hand, began to read from a prepared speech, abruptly stopped, called for questions, and then left before responding to any. Fans do not believe Alfredsson had any reason to lie about this incident. Don Brennan and Bruce Garrioch were seen sniffing for clues at the scene of the incident. Blogger Yost believes that the elevator has not been paid in full yet, and may have had an interest payment missed. Blogger Eklund’s sources confirm that Grabovski was in the area at the same time, and that three teams are still interested in the former Leaf center. Barnum and Bailey may be initiating a lawsuit for infringement.

  12. canadianguest - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    In other news, a horse was found beaten to death.

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