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by George Malik on 08/19/13 at 05:46 PM ET
The press-doesn't-speak-to-Alfie rule must have applied as Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson made an appearance at the Bell Sensplex today wearing Ottawa Senators gear and an Ottawa Senators practice jersey, annoying more than a few media and fans. Instead of Alfredsson speaking with the media, what I've got for you is Erik Karlsson telling the Canadian Press that he'd deal with it...
"It's pretty normal, I mean he's been doing it for a while," the Senators defenceman said with a laugh. "It's when he puts the other jersey that it would feel a little different probably."
Alfredsson joined other NHL players at an informal skate at Bell Sensplex on Monday. Last week the former Senators captain made headlines when he said negotiations to bring him back to Ottawa for another season "went nowhere," causing general manager Bryan Murray to publicly defend the front office.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings July 5 as a free agent after negotiations with the Senators fell through. Karlsson has grown close to Alfredsson, a fellow Swede, and even lived with him at times. He admits things will be very different without his mentor around on a daily basis.
"For me on a personal level it's going to be tough for me, we're close friends and he's helped me out a lot. I only wish him all the best," he said. "I still think we'll be friends.
"I don't think it's that sudden and I'm just happy he's still playing," Karlsson added. "We have to move on and I think we have guys on the team that's ready to take the next step and as of right now everybody's pretty excited to focus on our game and becoming a better team."
Alfredsson's departure after 17 seasons with the Senators undoubtedly means a change of leadership will have to take place, but Karlsson is confident the team will be able to adjust accordingly.
"There's going to be changes inside the locker-room and on the ice and I think the group of guys we have are going to handle that perfectly I think," said Karlsson. "I think there will be no problems moving on from here and as I said it was just a matter of time before Alfie was gone."
And Karlsson reiterating his points to the Ottawa Citizen's Allen Panzeri:
On the subject of the team, Karlsson thought that even with the loss of close friend Daniel Alfredsson, the Senators have a stronger roster than they did last year, thanks to the addition of Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.
Karlsson said he’ll obviously miss Alfredsson, but added he wasn’t surprised at what happened. Things change in professional hockey.
“He’s 40 years old,” said Karlsson. “This was coming anytime soon, anyway. I don’t think it’s that sudden.
“I’m just happy he’s still playing, and we have to move on.We have guys who are ready to take the next step, and as of right now everybody’s just excited to focus on our game and become a better team.
“Obviously on a personal level, for me it’s going to be tough. We’re close friends and he’s helped me out a lot. I only wished him all the best and I think we’ll still be friends.”
Get out of there, Alfredsson. It's nuts.
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