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by George Malik on 09/08/13 at 05:15 PM ET
Oh joy. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston spoke with Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray and presumptive captain-to-be Jason Spezza at the Leafs' prospect tournament in London, Ontario, and you'll of course be shocked to find out that their topic of discussion involved a certain Red Wings forward named Daniel Alfredsson:
“We have to fill that void,” general manager Bryan Murray told sportsnet.ca on Sunday.“Our business is one of change,” he added. “There’s not a team in this league, whether they win the Stanley Cup or otherwise, that doesn’t have to make a change or two. Sometimes you want to do it; a lot of times you’re forced to do it. In this case, we were somewhat forced to do it.”
“I think I understand his reasons,” said Spezza. “When you get to that point of your career you’re allowed to make your own decisions and he’s obviously thought things through. Do I agree with some of the reasons? Not really. But I really respect that it’s his decision.”
There also isn’t any ambiguity for Murray, who made a few pointed comments about Alfredsson’s agent, J.P. Barry, after the player’s departure.
“Whether it was the debate over finances or the debate over anything else, the bottom line was I think he felt that going to Detroit gave him a legitimate chance to win the Stanley Cup,” said Murray.
With the Red Wings moving into the realigned Atlantic Division alongside Ottawa, it won’t be very difficult to measure whether it was a wise choice or not.It also guarantees that the Senators will continue to be asked about their former captain throughout the season. They are willing to oblige, but only to a point.
“I imagine we’re going to talk about it through the first week of training camp and we’re going to talk about it when we meet Detroit, but I can’t imagine we’re going to want to talk about it too much more after that,” said Spezza.n"We’re not going to have too much time to be talking about a guy that’s on another team.”
What day is it? Guess what day it is! It's talk about Alfie day!
Trust me, this isn't enjoyable for me, either, and it's going to be delightful as marching behind twenty-four horses in a parade to have to deal with sorting through what's pertinent and what's not in news out of Ottawa while covering the Wings up here in Traverse City.
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