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Senators owner would ‘bet’ on Alfredsson’s jersey being retired

Dec 1, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

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So far, Ottawa’s reaction to Daniel Alfredsson‘s return seems mostly positive, though definitely mixed (more on that later). Senators owner Eugene Melnyk acknowledges his legacy, for one.

Melnyk told TSN that he’d “bet” on Alfredsson’s No. 11 jersey being retired in Ottawa, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Maybe the two sides parted ways under slightly controversial terms, but the 40-year-old played 1,178 regular season and 121 postseason games with the franchise. It would probably be foolish to bet against Alfredsson’s sweater hanging in the rafters.

Obviously, “Alf” has plenty of hockey left to play before that decision is officially made. That includes tonight’s emotional return to Ottawa.

The present awkwardness vs. future embrace might be best shown in Melnyk: he predicts Alfredsson’s number will be retired yet the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox points out that he skipped tonight’s game.

  1. comeonnowguys - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Oh for the love of Pete. Get over it.

  2. polegojim - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    He’ll probably finish his career as a Senator… albeit for one day or something… then retire his sweater.

    That would only be right.

    • cheliostwin - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Yeah, that’s what they did with Mike Modano. Of course he didn’t take as much heat for coming to Detroit, since the Stars didn’t want him back for another season, and he grew up in a suburb of Detroit. It was classy of the Stars’ organization to sign him the next year, just so Modano could retire the week before the season started as a Star.
      The Alfredsson story is a little stickier with the way he left, and some things he said over the summer, but he will definitely have his number retired by the Senators.

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