It’s hard to say this now, since the Ottawa Senators are still in contention at this point. They’re currently hanging around at fifth in the Eastern Conference and showed last year that they had what it takes to reach the postseason.
But that was with Erik Karlsson. He’s gone for the rest of the year with that brutal Achilles injury. With their top player out, we’ll likely see the Sens fight for a playoff spot when crunch time nears. When that time does come, could they look to move Daniel Alfredsson?
The rumors surrounding the likely future Hall of Famer are going to be rampant around the trade deadline. Not that the Senators are going to be in any hurry to ship off one of, if not the best players in the history of their franchise. It would be more of a courtesy than anything.
If the Senators fall out of the running for a playoff spot before the deadline hits, it wouldn’t be hard to see them looking to deal him. The precedent was set with the likes of Ray Bourque. As beloved a figure as Alfredsson is in Ottawa, no one would fault the Sens for trying to get him a Stanley Cup before his career is over.
This is a guy with over 1,100 games in his career and over 1,000 points to go along with it. He’s one of the classiest guys to ever play the game. There’s no doubt that he’s as deserving as anyone to get a ring before his career is over. But will he have that opportunity?
That’s going to be a situation to keep an eye on as the trade deadline nears. If the Sens are out, expect Alfredsson to at least be given the opportunity to move on in the way that some veterans have been in the past, such as Bourque. If not, will the Sens be able to get him one if they make the playoffs?