Will Daniel Alfredsson retire at season’s end? Will Ales Hemsky re-sign with the Ottawa Senators?
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan recently reported when the Detroit Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson they hoped he’d stick around for another season. Alfredsson said he’ll wait until this summer to make a decision on returning for another season, but if he does he wants to do it with the Red Wings. He hasn’t spoken yet with Wings management about his future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the 41-year-old Alfredsson signs for another season it’ll likely be a one-year deal. He’s currently on a bonus-laden one-year deal but I believe the CBA prevents the Wings from re-upping him to a similar contract. His current deal is worth $5.5 million if he achieves all his bonuses. With $20 million in available cap space next season (which could be less if the salary cap proves to be less than the projected $71.1 million for 2014-15) the Wings can afford to re-sign Alfredsson but he’ll have to accept less money if they pursue a top-two defenseman in the off-season or re-sign recently-acquired center David Legwand.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Ales Hemsky is non-committal about re-signing with the Senators, who acquired him from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline. Brennan believes Senators management will be watching Hemsky’s performance closely down the stretch to determine if they will attempt to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s understandable why Hemsky won’t tip his hand as to his future. He’s only just joined the Senators and it’ll take some time to determine if they’re a good fit for him. A strong performance in the season’s final weeks, especially if it helps the Senators reach the playoffs, will certainly motivate Sens management to re-sign him, but it’ll also depend upon his asking price. He could also decide to test the UFA market, which could price him out of the Senators market.