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Alfredsson Plans To Talk With The Ottawa Media Soon

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson, who returned to Ottawa Monday to get his affairs in order before heading to Detroit at the end of the week, said in a text message to the Sun Saturday he would give his side of the story during a press conference this week.

“Will talk sometime next week,” wrote Alfredsson. “Will let you know.”...

People are waiting with bated breath to hear what Alfredsson has to say. He hasn’t spoken publicly since July 5 when he signed the one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Wings. Melnyk said he had a tough time with the departure and knows some fans aren’t happy.

more, mostly from Eugene Melnyk...

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Reading these stories, it’s clear that Alfredsson had been giving Ottawa a hometown discount for a long time, and Melnyk took it for granted that it would continue.  That’s why he was so surprise when Alfredsson asked for market value instead of taking what was offered.  How many millions worth of discounts has he already given Melnyk over his career?

It’s one thing to ask your best players to take less so you can build a competitive team if you’re spending to the cap, but it’s something else entirely to ask them to take less so you can meet a self-imposed budget, without doing anything substantial to improve the team.

Posted by Savage Henry on 08/11/13 at 10:11 AM ET

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