Despite throttling the Montreal Canadiens in the Western Conference quartefinals, this offseason hasn’t carried the happiest of vibes thus far for the Ottawa Senators. The 2013 NHL free agency period started off with a thud for Ottawa when Daniel Alfredsson bolted for the Detroit Red Wings after 17 years with the franchise, citing that he wanted to win a Stanley Cup before the end of his career.
“It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup, a big priority for me,” Alfredsson said in a conference call with media. “… “I didn’t really see myself making a change if you would have asked me a week ago, but as we got closer to free agency, thoughts started creeping in I’ve played 18 years and haven’t won a Stanley Cup.”
Alfredsson went on to say the Sens had a bright future down the road and all, but that doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for Ottawa’s 2013 chances. Now to think of it, the Sens and Red Wings meeting in the 2014 Eastern Conference playoffs would be absolutely fantastic.
To get there, Ottawa would need a huge offensive boost from recent additions Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur, while veteran free-agent defenseman Joe Corvo must bolster the blue line.
“It has certainly been a notable day in the history of our franchise. I am extremely excited to welcome Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur as our newest Ottawa Senators,” said Sens owner Eugene Melnyk in a statement following the moves, via the Toronto Star. “I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank Daniel Alfredsson for his many contributions to our hockey club and to our community over the past 17 years. I wish Daniel, Bibbi and their family the very best with all their future endeavours.”