Daniel Alfredsson’s bitterswett farewell press conference, an update on the Senators contract talks with Jared Cowen, the latest on Roberto Luongo, Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson, and Craig MacTavish brings a sense of urgency back to the Oilers.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson’s farewell press conference “turned bitter and acrimonious” as he accused the club of breaking promises he would be fairly compensated, and Senators GM Bryan Murray insisting Alfredsson’s claims were untrue.
Alfredsson’s comments suggest the Senators may have purposely engaged in salary cap circumvention under his previous contract, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league won’t investigate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for my belief Alfredsson wouldn’t be bitter over his departure from the Senators. I don’t blame him for being ticked at the Senators for not paying him market value this time after years of leaving money on the table in his previous contracts, but not only doesn’t this change anything, it could reflect poorly upon Alfredsson among Senators fans.
I’m sure over time the bad feelings between Alfredsson and the Senators front office will pass, and he’ll get his just due from the club and its fans, including retirement of his number. For now, though, I think it would’ve been best for both sides if Alfredsson hadn’t bothered with that press conference.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: On a happier note for the Senators, contract negotiations with defenseman Jared Cowen are picking up, with his agent expecting a deal to be in place before training camp opens next month. The two sides have discussed various contract scenarios involving a one-year deal, a 2-3 year “bridge contract” or a long-term deal at four-plus years. The compensation could be between $2-$3 million per season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford believes it’s Roberto Luongo’s motivation, not his level of happiness, which matters.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reports the Toronto Maple Leafs remain patient in their contract talks with Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson. Shoalts claims “by all accounts” Kadri wants a big raise and a long-term deal, and he speculates the young Leaf could seek a deal comparable to Winnipeg’s Evander Kane (6 years, $5.25 million per season).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Kadri is seeking something comparable to Kane, he’s dreaming in technicolor. He’s also a restricted free agent coming off an entry-level contract with one decent lockout-shortened season under his belt and no arbitration rights. He can stage a holdout, but those are rarely successful. I expect he’ll accept a short-term deal for between $2.5-$3 million per season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has brought a “sense of urgency” back to the team.