Updates on Alfredsson and Hemsky – March 12, 2014

Will Daniel Alfredsson retire at season’s end? Will Ales Hemsky re-sign with the Ottawa Senators? 

Will Daniel Alfredsson return with the Red Wings next season?

Will Daniel Alfredsson return with the Red Wings next season?

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.

4 Comments

  1. Hemsky looks good right now, good fit with Spezza

  2. I was certainly an anti-Hemsky advocate but he has been playing very well thus far and found instant chemistry with Spezza. He might relish the chance to be back in a top 6 role and if he keeps it up I would like to see him sign instead of Michalek.

    The thing I am curious about is why there was so little mention around the media about the Conacher waive and claim by Buffalo. I mean, the Sens gave up Ben Bishop, currently playing as one of the best goalies in the league to get this guy and then lose him for nothing? It kind of sucks.

    I also personally as an Ottawa fan hope that somehow Alfie would consider doing his last season with Ottawa, bury all the bad blood. Spezza, Turris, Hemsky, Ryan, Alfie, and whomever would make a good top 6. I feel if I am Ottawa and I see Hemsky walk and I likely don’t sign Michalek … I would consider trading Spezza and handing the team over to Turris & Zibenejad (who deserves a larger role)

    • On the Conacher deal, Hindsight is 20/20. At the time of this deal, Nobody thought Tampa was on the winning end. Stevie Y was crucified in the Florida media for making the deal. It was kind of a gamble on both sides. As it turns out, the Sens lost.

      • Hemsky will move on as a UFA…someone will over pay for him again especially with his improved play (I have to admit he has looked very good) but again consistency has always been a bit of an issue. This is one time Id be glad that Uncle Eugene isnt a big spender, sure Hemsky looks good now as he did in Edmonton in spurts but I still would be in no big hurry to sign him. Save it and try and pick up Moulson July 1st.