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Did Sens lowball captain Alfredsson?

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07:24 AM ET 07.08 | At some point between Daniel Alfredsson announcing his decision to return in late-July and July 4, he chose Detroit over the team with which he'd spent his entire career. So, what really happened here? The answer comes in [Ottawa GM Bryan Murray's] explanation of the negotiation timeline. He met with agent JP Barry last Saturday in Manhattan. Here is the GM's description: "That was the one and only meeting where money was talked about. It was just a comment about what we could do and not do. One of the numbers that was at me, I said, 'That's not really the number we can go to, it's not a fair number I don't think.'" That number is believed to be $6 million. Initially, it was a two-year request, although that would change. The Senators are believed to have offered a one-year contract in the $4 million zone.

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July 8, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Mercenaries plain and simple. They improved with Ryan anyways

July 8, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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Mercenaries plain and simple. They improved with Ryan anyways

Welcome back HC.

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July 8, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Sounds like he was more interested in getting a Cup and that is something the Sens couldn't offer him.

July 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET

It was a great way to get an aging player off the books without having to pay for his past. He's a .5 pts a game player now and declining, and the Wings deal was probably the best he could do.

July 8, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mercenaries plain and simple. They improved with Ryan anyways

If he stays.

July 8, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Welcome back HC.

indeed, welcome back. Hope all is well.

July 8, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Sounds like he was more interested in getting a Cup and that is something the Sens couldn't offer him.

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Mercenaries plain and simple. They improved with Ryan anyways

I have never and will never agree with this notion of someone "validating" their careers (and I am an Akfredsson fan) by winning a title. Everybody was all misty eyed when Borque went to another team to go "get his cup" as if it's a birthright. the reality is, some guys are just not going to win a title. Is anyone going to tell me that Ted Williams' career was useless because he didn't win one? It's nonsense

July 8, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Did Sens lowball captain Alfredsson?

It won't be politically correct if Nonis does this to Kessel.

July 8, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Did Sens lowball captain Alfredsson?It won't be politically correct if Nonis does this to Kessel.

Got that the third time i read it.

July 8, 2013  10:32 AM ET

If I were a Sens fan I would be estatic. He made the decision to leave. You got a much better player to take his place.

July 8, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Got that the third time i read it.

I hope it didn't make you testy.

July 8, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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I hope it didn't make you testy.

nice

July 8, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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the reality is, some guys are just not going to win a title.

Well over 90% of the players in the NHL never won and never will win a Stanley Cup. Some players, like Mark Recchi were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and win it three times with three different teams. Yet many great players never have sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup even once, players like Cam Neely and Jeremy Roenick.

July 8, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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Mercenaries plain and simple. They improved with Ryan anyways

Welcome back, HC. Good to see you finally were able to let go of that log and made it to shore safe and sound. ;-)

July 8, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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nice

Thanks. I went balls out with that comment.

July 8, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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I have never and will never agree with this notion of someone "validating" their careers (and I am an Akfredsson fan) by winning a title. Everybody was all misty eyed when Borque went to another team to go "get his cup" as if it's a birthright. the reality is, some guys are just not going to win a title. Is anyone going to tell me that Ted Williams' career was useless because he didn't win one? It's nonsense

I partly agree with you. I think from an athlete's perspective winning a title is the ultimate thing to have in a career and it's what they all play for so I can see them wanting to improve their chances as much as possible. From a fan's perspective, not having a title doesn't change my view of a player. The reality is the vast majority of players won't win a title, but they can still have amazing careers. There are some players, tho, that are so well liked and respected - even by fans of other teams - that we all kind of root for them. Bourque was one of those guys and I was happy for him when he won in Colorado. Alfredsson, not so much. If he wins one, fine, but it won't register like it did with Bourque.

July 8, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Well over 90% of the players in the NHL never won and never will win a Stanley Cup. Some players, like Mark Recchi were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and win it three times with three different teams. Yet many great players never have sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup even once, players like Cam Neely and Jeremy Roenick.

exactly, this notion that a career isn't complete without one is just codswallop, and surely (in my eyes at keast) just make the players look mercenary and far less "team players"
If someone thinks that Marcel Dionne, or Neely or Roenick or Salming or Cujo or Beezer( sorry, had to get a goalie or 2 in there) weren't "validated" because of no title....well that just is a sad comment on society in general

 
July 8, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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There are some players, tho, that are so well liked and respected - even by fans of other teams - that we all kind of root for them. Bourque was one of those guys and I was happy for him when he won in Colorado. Alfredsson, not so much. If he wins one, fine, but it won't register like it did with Bourque.

I see your point, but I disagree, it still makes the player look selfish

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