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Sens owner surprised, disappointed by Alfie's demands

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07:30 AM ET 08.12 | Daniel Alfredsson has returned to Ottawa, and he'll at some point this week have his say, but Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is already talking. In an e-mail exchange with the Ottawa Sun Saturday, Melnyk admitted he was surprised by Alfredsson's initial contract demands. ... As the Sun has reported for the last six weeks, sources say Alfredsson's initial ask was for a two-year deal worth $6 million per season when agent J.P. Barry met in New York before the NHL entry draft in late June. The Senators were caught off-guard by the demand. ... Melnyk said the organization didn't expect Alfredsson to ask for that kind of money. "I was obviously surprised and disappointed," said Melnyk. "In the end, I respect his decision."

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August 12, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Melnyk: "What's it all about, Alfie?"

August 12, 2013  09:03 AM ET

if he was surprised, then he shouldn't be in the position he is in

August 12, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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if he was surprised, then he shouldn't be in the position he is in

To be fair Spiny it has taken a lot of energy to move the Cooke investigation from Pittsburgh to Minnesota.

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August 12, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Shut up, Melnyk! Every time you open your mouth mouth, I reach for a garbage can or a barf bag! Just ****!

S-T-F-U is censored? W-T-F?

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August 12, 2013  11:31 AM ET

I mean 2 years 6 per is a lot for Alfie but this guy has played his entire career with the Sens, he's your captain and insted of retiring, he wants TWO years. He gave Melnyk more to work with by saying two years than Melnyk realizes. It's called negotiating you dummy. He got $5.5M to go to Detriot for one year, you mean to tell me you couldn't offer him a 2 year 9M contract and negotiate from there?

August 12, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Ottawa improved overall with who they gained and who they lost. I am glad they did not over pay. Hopefully Alfies upcoming "say" will be as professionally termed as the ones Melly is quoted on here.

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August 12, 2013  12:37 PM ET
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Why pay a declining, slowing guy almost as much as you're paying your best centre and best defenceman? With the cap space Ottawa has now, they can build a solid core for years with their youth and potential acquisitions.

Agreed. It's amazing that some folks think that a 40+ year old should get that kind of money and take up so much cap space. Contracts, in all sports, have become jokes. I'm not against the players making all the money they can get but it occasionally gets out of hand, as in this case. BTW, the filthy rich owners don't pay these salaries. You do...........by buying $100 ++ tix, $10 beers, $10 parking..................and on and on. Pay 'em anything but make contracts far more incentive-based.

August 12, 2013  12:56 PM ET
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Agreed. It's amazing that some folks think that a 40+ year old should get that kind of money and take up so much cap space. Contracts, in all sports, have become jokes. I'm not against the players making all the money they can get but it occasionally gets out of hand, as in this case. BTW, the filthy rich owners don't pay these salaries. You do...........by buying $100 ++ tix, $10 beers, $10 parking..................and on and on. Pay 'em anything but make contracts far more incentive-based.

Well it's just one year and thinking that they won't sign Cleary, and wasn't some of that ''have to'' money? In other words he has to meet quotas.

 
August 12, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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Why pay a declining, slowing guy almost as much as you're paying your best centre and best defenceman? With the cap space Ottawa has now, they can build a solid core for years with their youth and potential acquisitions.

I agree with what you said there but there's something to be said about loyalty in my book. Players/owners don't have it anymore. It's amazing.

But I agree (and I checked) that with the $11M they have free moving forward, they could build a great core.

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