On Friday, July 5th, the Ottawa Senators lost the heart and soul of their team.
One day after Bryan Murray expressed confidence in being able to retain Ottawa’s captain, Daniel Alfredsson spurned the Senators to ink a one-year, $5.5 million contract ($3.5 million guaranteed and $2.0 million in bonuses) with their new division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.
It has been a numbing, dramatic experience and it’s something that I’ve struggled to draw parallels with. For me, the closest thing I can compare it to is the loss of Zdeno Chara to free agency or John Muckler’s decision to ink Marian Hossa to an extension before flipping him hours later with Greg DeVries to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Dany Heatley.
The organization has lost plenty of pivotal players entering their primes but never anyone like Alfie.
From the accolades and awards in 17-seasons worth of on-ice contributions to his invaluable contributions to the community through his involvement with the R...