A couple of weeks ago, the thought of seeing Daniel Alfredsson in Bruins’ Black and Gold seemed like a real possibility.
The Senators had lost Jason Spezza to back surgery, Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson to a shredded Achilles tendon, and would soon lose goalie Craig Anderson for what now looks like a relatively minor ankle injury.
But if anyone hoped the Sens would sink like stones in the standings — thus making the 40-year-old Alfredsson available — it hasn’t happened yet. And it appears doubtful that they’ll fall so far out of the Eastern Conference playoff race that they’d consider moving their captain, as they earned a point with the 2-1 overtime loss to the B’s last night at TD Garden.
For Ottawa, that would be akin to the Bruins trading Ray Bourque. That happened, of course, but the B’s were so clearly rudderless in 2000 when they traded their captain — and got a decent bounty out of what was supposed to be a rental, and could have been even better. They received Brian Rolston, who was a big part of the B’s team that returned to the playoffs in 2002; Sami Pahlsson, who would later turn out to be a shutdown forward for the Anaheim Ducks; defenseman Martin Grenier, who played 18 NHL games and none with the B’s, and a 2000 first-round draft pick (27th overall) that turned out to be bust Martin Samuelsson.
Right now, the man they call Alfie, who has 4-7-11 totals in 21 games, doesn’t expect to go the route of the Bruins icon.
“I haven’t thought anything about what my own situation will be or me being here,” said Alfredsson. “I’ve been asked the questions before and I understand there are going to be rumors. But for me, my focus this year is with this team, especially where we’re continuing to get points, and get into the playoffs. And that’s what everybody wants, get a chance to go to the playoffs.”
Is he hoping to end his career with the only NHL team he’s known?
“I’ve been here so long I can’t see anything else, but also I never say never. And don’t read anything into me saying that,” said Alfredsson with a chuckle. “I just feel that this is where I belong and I’m having a lot of fun with this team, especially this year.”
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Daniel Alfredsson likely staying in Ottawa
Boston Herald | Mar 1