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Melnyk gets in on the Alfredsson blame game

Yesterday afternoon, Bryan Murray tried to get his "last word" in on the Daniel Alfredsson situation, blaming Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, for helping scuttle the ship, and now Senators owner Eguene Melnyk's tossing in his Toonie's worth to TSN:

"For anyone to even suggest the remote possibility that Bryan Murray is not fully honest in his clear recollection of events should be ashamed of themselves," Melnyk told TSN on Friday. "I point the finger squarely on JP Barry, the man who blessed us with the (Dany) Heatley mess."

Etc. etc.:

"If you want to play a blame game - that is where you should be looking," Melnyk told TSN on Friday. "I have a lot of respect for Daniel. I simply think he was not told the whole story or worse, was lied to. I won't be commenting on this again. We are busy and have a Stanley Cup to win."

JP Barry was contacted by TSN on Friday for a response and said he stood by his comments made the previous day.

"Shooting the messenger is something I have never believed in nor will I ever," Barry explained to TSN on Thursday. "It's just not productive in our business to make negotiations personal. I decided not to respond in July when Bryan chose to criticize my role as an agent in this process. It was an emotional day. I get it.

"The fact is this was a negotiation concerning impending free agency. We made multiple offers and invited them to negotiate. They provided a number on the weekend prior to July 5 and said this is all they can do due to internal budget restrictions. It wasn't a market offer in our estimation. They wanted Daniel to take a below market deal again after he had done the same several times previously and we didn't feel that was appropriate."

If you missed it, Senators broadcaster Dean Brown spoke to the Fan 590 about the situation, too:

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Primis's avatar

“I point the finger squarely on JP Barry, the man who blessed us with the (Dany) Heatley mess.”


I blame that on the team that was stupid/ignorant enough to trade for a guy that had JUST KILLED HIM OWN TEAMMATE because he was so immature, and couldn’t think of anything but himself.  I mean, what did they expect in that?

This really is the end for Melnyk.  Something is going to happen and either: a) The BoG will vote to remove him, or b) his elaborate house of cards will fall and he’ll lose the team anyways.  Right now Melnyk just seems to be waiting and seeing how many people he can take down with him.

Posted by Primis on 08/16/13 at 05:16 PM ET

gowings's avatar

I totally agree with you Primis. If they don’t make the playoffs, we will see it happen

Posted by gowings from MTL on 08/16/13 at 05:37 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The “Dany Heatley mess” began because Melnyk and John Muckler didn’t want to pay Marian Hossa $6 million a season.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/16/13 at 07:19 PM ET

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