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Alfredsson believes Sens need to ‘get a new owner’

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OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 29: Former Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings player Daniel Alfredsson waves to the fans during the ceremony celebrating the retirement of his #11 jersey prior to a game against the Detroit Red Wingsat Canadian Tire Centre on December 29, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s relationship with the fans in Ottawa has been rocky at best over the last few years. Sens supporters have made it known that they want Melnyk to flip the team to someone else. Now, a prominent figure in team history is also voicing his concerns.

Former captain Daniel Alfredsson admitted that he and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson have talked about the Senators’ need for a new owner.
“We’ve talked a lot, we’ve talked about the future of the Senators and of its ownership and we agree,” Alfredsson told former Ottawa Sun writer Susan Sherring.

“We hope we get a new owner.”

At some point, Alfredsson realized he may have given too juicy of a quote and he told Sherring that the interview was off the record. Yeah, that’s not the way things work in the world of reporting (you can’t decide mid-interview that what you’re saying is off the record), so Sherring published the quotes.

Of course, the words Alfredsson used probably won’t upset too many Senators fans because they agree with him. After all, Melnyk has threatened to move the team, and he also seems to have turned off his superstar, Erik Karlsson.

Interesting times ahead in Ottawa.

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Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.