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by George Malik on 08/06/13 at 10:55 PM ET
This is one of those "tiptoeing through a minefield" topics that makes me cringe to talk about, but...The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch noted that a certain Mr. Daniel Alfredsson was at the Ottawa Senators' practice facility today, and it's likely that Alfredsson's returned to North America to find an abode in Metro Detroit and schooling for his sons in Metro Detroit, so his time in Ottawa will be limited.
Does Alfredsson "owe" the Senators and their fans a press conference to explain his line of thinking in leaving the team to join the Wings? I don't know. But Garrioch certainly believes that now's the time for Alfredsson to clear the air:
While you can expect the media to give chase because he's only spoken publicly once since he agreed to join the Wings, Alfredsson might hold a news conference in Ottawa to explain his decision, and answer any questions.
Instead of doing individuals interviews, Alfredsson has expressed a desire to get everything done at once. He knows questions remain about his departure from the Senators, and it could help to get those out of the way.
Sources say Alfredsson has been thinking "long and hard" in the past month about what he wants to say to the people of Ottawa, some of whom are heartbroken by his decision to sign with the Wings in a bid to win a Stanley Cup.
For those who believe Alfredsson will gather the media so he can hold a tearful farewell, think again. He isn't that type of person, and the message you can expect is he plans to keep his connections with Ottawa.
Alfredsson doesn't owe anybody an explanation, but he hasn't been the type to hide from the media, and answering a few questions could go a long way in diffusing some of the outrage fans have over his departure.
Garrioch continues, and concludes with the following:
Alfredsson normally wouldn't return to North America this early before the season. Generally speaking, he usually arrives in late August, and then skates with his teammates a the Bell Sensplex a few days a week before camp. But these aren't normal circumstances.
That's why the fact Alfredsson was spotted at the Sensplex on Tuesday was so significant. Some don't feel like they've been given a full explanation as to why he doesn't think the Senators can get the job done.
The first question Alfredsson will face: Why? Why, after being the current longest-serving captain in the NHL with the Senators, did he decide to surrender the 'C' and the chance to play his entire NHL career with the same club?
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