While Daniel Alfredsson appreciates the way former Ottawa Senators front office man Peter Chiarelli has constructed the Boston Bruins franchise over the last six years and would feel comfortable with familiar faces like Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly within the dressing room, don’t expect the 40-year-old Ottawa captain to be coming to Boston.
“[Boston] is a good team, but as far as me coming here I can’t see it,” said Alfredsson, who has four goals and 11 assists in 19 games this season. “Especially with the way that we’re playing ourselves, we’re trying to fight with Boston and Montreal in our division in order to get on top. That’s where my focus is.”
Alfredsson was one of the names on the short list of potential trade candidates that the Bruins are eying along with Daniel Briere, Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow, Stephen Weiss and Vinny Prospal.
It’s clear the Bruins would love to have that kind of big-ticket acquisition at the trade deadline; Alfredsson could do much to push Boston’s sixth ranked offense to an even higher level.
Could he fit in with the Bruins way of doing things?
“Oh yeah…definitely. [Alfredsson] has a lot of playoff experience,” said Milan Lucic. “I haven’t really heard his name floating around the rumor mill, but if we could get him that would a huge addition to our hockey club and group of forwards.”
Alfredsson has the offensive ability, veteran experience in big games, and Chiarelli has never needed convincing when it comes to taking a waiver on former Ottawa Senators.
But a funny thing has happened on the way to oblivion for a Sens team that’s lost Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson to injuries. They’re riding a five game winning streak and keeping pace in the Eastern Conference with a host of call-ups from the AHL, and that strong opening half to their season has essentially quelled trade talk with Alfredsson. The Ottawa captain clearly wants another chance at the Cup in what might be his final NHL season, but he doesn’t foresee any trade to the Bruins in his future.
There’s every chance that Alfredsson would still waive his no-trade clause if the Senators went into a nose dive over the next six weeks that took them out of playoff contention, but their strong play has essentially guaranteed they’ll be in the postseason hunt until the very end during the 48-game season. Imagine if the Senators dealt away Alfredsson to Boston and then somehow snuck into the eighth spot only to face the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs? That kind of scenario would not play well in Ottawa, and it’s the kind of thing a GM like Bryan Murray has to think about while weighing the risk/reward of potentially dealing a living legend to a divisional opponent.
So it might be time to move on from Alfredsson to the next name on the list, with the Bruins holding more than $10 million in space and some very specific desires within the emerging trade market.