Saturday, November 04, 2006

No love/hate for Alfredsson


I just had to pull this gem out of The Instigator, now that Alfie is being bashed in Ontario. He is off to a rough start (6 points in 11 games and a $4.67 million salary). Hell, even the ending to last season's playoffs was a killer for Alfie, when Sabres forward Jason Pominville made him look stupid, skated around him, and scored the series-winning goal. Alfie has not recovered...yet. And now the trade rumors..
But don't tell his teammates that.

"I don't think there's a guy in the room that will listen to that," Senators defenceman Wade Redden said. "He's a key guy and a leader for us."
Chris Phillips jumped to Alfie's defence as well.
"But if you watch him play and see how hard he's working, it's a totally different story."
Said Alfredsson:
"Obviously, it's a struggle and at times it becomes mental - I'm thinking too much," he said following Thursday's practice. "But things can turn around. I still know how to play this game, so it will come."

"Nothing feels different, sometimes you go through difficult times and you've got to fight through it."

Alfredsson will soon return to form, and he will start scoring. It would be a travesty if he didn't. But is Alfredsson the man who should be leading this team? This is not a good time for him to be struggling. Well, at least the Senators are winning again, but who cares about right now? We know the Sens will make the playoffs. But is Alfredsson going to lead this team to glory? At what point is enough enough? Regardless of what the players say (they have to defend their own to the media), Ottawa needs a real captain. I say put the C on Dany Heatley, if he is willing.
Truthfully, change really IS good sometimes, as Don pointed out at the Battle of Ontario.

9 Comments:

At November 4, 2006 at 3:19 PM , Blogger Sherry said...

You know I've thought about this. Given some of the peculiar comments Alfie sometimes makes whenever his captaincy is called into question, perhaps giving someone else the 'C' wouldn't be a bad idea.

But thing is obviously people in the room still listen to him and thinks he's a capable leader. Murray gave him back the 'C' this season and whenever the media questions whether or not he should still be captain, his teammates leap to his defense. Compare that to Dallas, when Morrow was given the "C" instead of Modano, his teammates seemed rather quiet. Or, nobody really gives a crap in Dallas anyways.

 
At November 4, 2006 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Either/or! lol!
I don't want to sound 'racist', but the only non-Canadian captain to win the Cup was Derian Hatcher, with the Stars.....
I wonder when that stat will finally change.
It does weigh in my mind, and I include Sundin in that as well.

If Sundin and Alfie played as well for their Canadian teams as they do for their Sedish teams in world competition....

 
At November 4, 2006 at 8:13 PM , Blogger reality check said...

Alfredsson is playing like a player who is completely disinterested. His play, is asking to be traded. Why would he want to remain in Ottawa after being crapped on last year. As his captaincy and leadership are constantly in question, he has no desire to remain in Ottawa, and he is playing like he wishes to leave. Classy guy that he is, he will not outright demand a trade. But what is his play saying to you?

And contrary to your statement, Ottawa is NOT winning again. They are 5-7-0. This team has been over rated since forever.

Obviously, Alfredsson will not finish the year in a Sens uniform. I would fire Bryan Murray first! One of them will be gone by the new year.

 
At November 5, 2006 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

My favourite one:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/instigator/gfx/2003-2004/throwleafsthrow.html

But you already knew that.

 
At November 5, 2006 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

bah, I should have linked it, oops

 
At November 5, 2006 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

That one is my fave as well. I had it pinned up on my office wall!

 
At November 5, 2006 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

RC, I think the Sens are turning it around.
Is Alfie playing to get traded? Perhaps.
I still get a feeling that he'll get on a roll in Ottawa and Murray will keep his job.
Wanna bet?

 
At November 5, 2006 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Is this Alfie's last year on his contract?

I can see Redden getting the boot before Alfie.

 
At November 5, 2006 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

true! Redden is overpriced to the nines

 

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