August 15, 2013 Leave a comment
At roughly 11 a.m. Daniel Alfredsson, former captain of the Ottawa Senators and now right-winger for the Detroit Red Wings was scheduled to speak to Ottawa and NHL hockey media alike to address his work with The Royal Ottawa and mental health. Included in this would be an explanation of how he’ll proceed doing so while living outside of the nation’s capital.
While this was the initial plan of the news conference, things quickly turned as this was the first conference Alfredsson had hosted since signing with the Detroit Red Wings on July 5. 2013. Alfredsson began his talk with looking back on him and his wife Bibi came to Ottawa as young 22-year-old Swedes looking to make Ottawa their home, even if only for a few years.
The Alfredsson clan expanded to six members over 1178 GP, 426 G, 682 A, for 1108 points.
“Ottawa will always be home in our hearts,” the former Senators captain stated.
Alfredsson continued the talk by reminiscing on the type of relationships and life lessons that he was bestowed during his work thus far with The Royal Ottawa.
Up until this press conference, fans and analysts had colliding opinions and theories on why Alfredsson left. Was it for money? Was it really for a better playoff chance in Detroit?
“I have friends who play on their team, (Detroit). I like their style of play and I knew they needed a right-handed shot,” said Alfredsson.
According to Alfredsson, this and money were factors. After completing a four-year contract worth $19,500,000 with making only $1,000,000 in the final year the 40- year-old stated that despite best efforts contract negotiations came to a slow halt.
“I reminded management of our agreement,” Alfredsson said, referring to the pay-cut he took to help the team manage the salary cap. While contract negotiations did not pan out to Alfie’s favour, he added that their were no hard feelings towards GM Bryan Murray.
Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun reports Alfredsson’s alleged asking price.
When asked if the possibility playing in the Olympics played a factor in his decision to play to Detroit, Alfredsson said that it was not and reminded all those listening that he’s been a part of four Olympics and would love to play in another. Despite this question there was still focus on his previous comment of him believing that Detroit had a better chance of a Stanley Cup run over Ottawa.
“I wish I could have taken that comment back,” admitted Alfredsson. He continued by saying he fully expects Ottawa to grow and become better as they’ve done in recent years.
All hockey aside, Daniel Alfredsson and family will continue work with The Royal Ottawa. As of now, the next time Sens fans will be able to see Ottawa’s longest serving captain skate on Canadian Tire Centre ice is on Sunday December 1st, 2013.
“It’s the beginning of a new adventure,” smiled Alfredsson.