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by George Malik on 07/08/13 at 07:18 PM ET
Ugh. This story just popped up on the wires, via RedWingsFeed, and I'm starting to think that Red Wings fans are going to get incredibly tired of the Ottawa media's seeming desire to rub as much salt in the, "Daniel Alfredsson defected to the Red Wings" wound as humanly possible...In maybe five days, never mind by August or September. The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan, who tossed some jabs at Alfredsson last night, decided that it's time to inform the world of the fate of the former Ottawa Senators captain's #11 RIGHT BOOKING NOW:
Will Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11 still be raised to the rafters at Canadian Tire Centre or whatever the place is called at the appropriate time? Of course, right?
“We’ll see,” Senators president/CEO Cyril Leeder said Monday. “I’m not going to prejudge that now. That’s an announcement that should come at a different point in time.”
How about the front office or management job with the team that was said to be waiting for Alfredsson when he decided to quit playing? Does the offer owner Eugene Melnyk publicly made remain on the table?
“I think that’s still to be determined,” said Leeder. “I don’t think that was a foregone conclusion, that Daniel was going to come and work for the organization. I know that had been talked about by a number of people but I think that’s still to be determined in the future.”
He continues, of course, prodding Leeder about season ticket-renewal rates and complaints that the front office has had to listen to regarding Alfredsson's departure...
But with all due respect to both Senators fans' need to grieve and vent their anger, and with all due respect to Brennan's right to share their anger as a "spirit of the thing" columnist in the Bob Wojnowski/Art Regner/Pat Caputo vein (see: not objective and proud of having a rooting interest)...
Why the *#$%@& would you ask the team's *#$%@& CEO whether they're going to *#$%@& retire someone's number four *#$%@& days after the player leaves?
A strange case of sports theatre is playing out in Ottawa, and Senators fans, you have my sympathies. We sure as hell don't begrudge you of your right to feel and think and say what you must, but at least this Red Wings fan isn't a supporter of this, "Hey, lookit that still-bleeding broken heart, where's the 50-pound bag of rock salt?" mentality. It's downright gross.
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