When you listen to statements made by Bryan Murray and Eugene Melnyk trying to explain why former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will play in Detroit something doesn't add up -- and we're not talking about the bankrupt city's bank account.

The GM says one thing the owner says something else.

On Saturday Melnyk was saying it would have been impossible to trade for a player like Bobby Ryan if the Senators had met the contract demands of Alfredsson.

Bizarre bizarre bizarre.

It is contrary to what Murray said more than a month ago -- on July 5 the first day of NHL free agency. The GM said he discussed a possible Ryan trade with his captain. He wanted to have both Alfie and Anaheim's four-time 30-goal scorer in his lineup.

"I told (Alfredsson) we were trying to make the Bobby Ryan trade and do a couple of other things" Murray said at the time.

There was another option that didn't include Ryan who the Senators ended up getting from Anaheim in a deal for Stefan Noesen Jakob Silfverberg and a first-round draft pick.

"Our targets (on July 5) were signing David Clarkson and Daniel Alfredsson" Murray said.

So the GM had his sights on both a frontline forward and Alfredsson.

But according to a newspaper report Saturday Melynk said he told Murray at the time: "We won't be able to spend that kind of money so don't promise that we're going to bring anybody else in other than filling a hole that was there."

Say what?

So if Murray got Clarkson who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a whopping $36.8 million over seven seasons (with a salary cap hit of $5.3 million each of those seasons? he couldn't keep Alfie?

Or if he wanted to go out and get Ryan who has a $5.1-million pricetag each of the next two seasons he couldn't if Alfie was returning?

Signing Alfredsson was and should have been a priority but somehow it got screwed up.