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Alfredsson’s message to Ottawa: boo if you want

Sep 11, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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When asked how he would react to possibly being heckled when he visits Ottawa as a member of the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 1, Daniel Alfredsson had a simple reaction: boo if you must.

“I’ve thought about returning to Ottawa for that game a little bit,” Alfredsson told QMI Agency on Wednesday. “In the end, people deserve to do what they think is right. I’m going to cherish that night, no matter what happens. It’s a night I’m going to look forward to. So many great memories in that building and this will be another one I’ll always remember when it comes around.”

The 40-year-old said that a negative reaction won’t change his opinion about Ottawa, the only place he played NHL hockey for before 2013-14.

We’ll see if this line combination lasts until December, but QMI reports that the plan is to line up Alfredsson with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen. That trio brings an interesting mix of two-way play, right and lefty shots and offensive finish.

In other words, it might be the kind of group that could help Alf make a triumphant return.

  1. jmcurran28 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I feel a thousand times more confident this year with all the depth the Wings have up front. It’s been a struggle the last few. The kids (Nyquist, Andersson, Tatar) have got some experience now, and adding vets like Alfie and Weiss should add a new spark. Hopefully Mule can get a fire lit under his ass, and have a solid season.

  2. lowenni - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I’m not a Senators fan so I can’t completely or fairly judge what a Sens fan should feel towards this. I don’t really agree with or like Alfredsson’s decision to sign in Detroit–at this point in his career, at his age, it’s surprising he suddenly decided to switch. That being said, this guy has done so much for the Ottawa Senators team and for Ottawa as a city and community.There might be hard feelings for a while towards Alfie in Ottawa, but I think anything less than a standing ovation would be a disrespect to Daniel.

  3. jmcurran28 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    As a Wings fan, I’d probably be a little sore if Lidstrom left to play his last year somewhere else. I’m sure there will be some bitterness, maybe Bobby Ryan will provide some happiness for Sens fans.

  4. canadianguest - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    You won’t hear the few boos over the welcome back cheers, and if you do, it won’t be long until they are drowned out. Once the game begins, anything can happen though.

    I wonder if there will be a moment of silence at 11:11 of the first.

  5. cutelittleguy02 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    He never won Stanley cup anyway

  6. President Charles Logan - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Cant blame the guy for jumping ship to a winner . he finally has a legitimate shot at a Cup.

    • dueman - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Considering that both teams were knocked out in the second round last year, your statement is just silly. Also the Sens got there with most of their top players out due to injury, so I wouldn’t count them out.

      Personally, I’m hoping they meet up in the playoffs. Then we’ll all see if Alfie made the right decision!

      • President Charles Logan - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        lol the sens arent a serious sc contender … now move along kid

    • bluelinemh - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      so you’re basically saying that even though they make the playoffs they aren’t an sc contender, yea that makes perfect sense because an 8 seed didn’t win the cup in the past few years, take a second to remember that and rethink your comments.

      • President Charles Logan - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        The LA Kings were a special group , the Sens Ottawa doesnt have that type of mojo … get over it and get used to it.

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