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Should Sens be punished for Daniel Alfredsson deal?

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10:14 AM ET 08.18 | Should the National Hockey League retroactively punish the Ottawa Senators for clear circumvention of the salary cap? I say yes. The NHL says no. There is absolutely no doubt now, as if there was ever doubt, that the last contract Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Senators was not intended to be fulfilled. In the he-said, he-said finger-pointing press conference of Thursday, Alfredsson said he had no intention of playing the final year of his contract for $1 million and the Senators knew that as well. These were the kind of deals Brian Burke screamed so loudly -- and rightly -- about. The kind of deal that cost the New Jersey Devils a first-round draft pick next season for signing a player who was later allowed to bolt his contract and return to Russia.

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August 18, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Let's Go Pens!!

August 18, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Put Them In The Penalty Box, Bros.

August 18, 2013  10:37 AM ET

I'm sure that the Senators are the only team in the history of the salary cap in the NHL to do such a thing, so by all means lets punish them.

August 18, 2013  10:41 AM ET

These were the kind of deals Brian Burke screamed so loudly -- and rightly -- about.

Unfortunately, the self-absorbed gasbag screamed loudly about everything so after a while nobody listened.

August 18, 2013  11:03 AM ET

....signing a player who was later allowed to bolt his contract and return to Russia. I had a dog once that used to bolt his food. is that the same??

August 18, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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....signing a player who was later allowed to bolt his contract and return to Russia. I had a dog once that used to bolt his food. is that the same??

When my dog bolts his food he normally throws it back up a couple minutes later

August 18, 2013  12:53 PM ET
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When my dog bolts his food he normally throws it back up a couple minutes later

I imagine when he eats that fast out the door he goes?

August 18, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I imagine when he eats that fast out the door he goes?

After the first lesson was learn yes, now that my wife some how convinced me that we should get a cat (while having a dog that goes ape poop near any cat) the cat will eat the dog's food if left unattended. So it is becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Oh and the same goes for his water as well, and there are few thing that are funner to clean up after then dog water vomit.

August 18, 2013  01:25 PM ET

"Should Sens be punished for Daniel Alfredsson deal?"

I say, 'No." Having Melnyk as owner is punishment enough.

August 18, 2013  06:51 PM ET
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August 18, 2013  09:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"Should Sens be punished for Daniel Alfredsson deal?"I say, 'No." Having Melnyk as owner is punishment enough.

I say yes. It's this crap that gets a team in major trouble on the competitive level, as NJ is gonna experience from the Kovy incident.

Not to mention causes lockouts as it breeds unhappiness as its not a fair to many a team just tryin to stay a float, which the Sens should recall.

Then again I'm a Leafs fan so.... :)

August 18, 2013  09:28 PM ET
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I say yes. It's this crap that gets a team in major trouble on the competitive level, as NJ is gonna experience from the Kovy incident.Not to mention causes lockouts as it breeds unhappiness as its not a fair to many a team just tryin to stay a float, which the Sens should recall.Then again I'm a Leafs fan so.... :)

My point was: Why punish the team and fans twice? The Devil's fans found out the hard way that having Jeff Vanderbeek as owner of the NJ Devils was more punishment than they deserved or could bare. It's going to take a while before they enjoy going to the Prudential to watch the Devils play.

August 18, 2013  11:01 PM ET
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These were the kind of deals Brian Burke screamed so loudly -- and rightly -- about.Unfortunately, the self-absorbed gasbag screamed loudly about everything so after a while nobody listened.

couldn't have said that better myself.

August 19, 2013  12:12 AM ET

Isn't the problem with these contracts that players don't actually play in the final years with the aim of lowering the cap hit in prior years? Didn't he play out the entire contract? Regardless of intent, the Sens did not gain any advantage, and Alfredsson played for a measly one mil. Why should anyone be penalized?

 
August 19, 2013  08:13 AM ET

if there is no penalty for circumventing the cap then get RID of it all together, oh but there are too many owners that would spend too much money and have no shot at winning the cup then they would go to buttman and cry and say the redwings are winning all the time lol

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