The Sens blog Silvers Sevens has started a feature entitled: Senators for Sale, no doubt inspired by recent statements by their owner to the effect that a fire sale may be in the works. Their initial entries were Brian Lee, who no one seems to want, and Chris Neil, who no one is likely to want at his $2 mil cap hit.
Would the Senators trade off a more desirable piece? Is it possible that team captain Daniel Alfredsson could be put on the market? If he is, should the Islanders make a play for him? What would be an acceptable package?
The book on Alfredsson is that he is a superb two player and leader of men. His numbers this year are 14-14-28 and he is on pace to get 40-50 points which is about what he has done the previous four seasons. He is an uncharacteristic -12 this year which I attribute to the horrible season Ottawa has had. He has a pro-rated $4.5 mil this year which falls to $1 mil in the final year of his deal next year (actually looked at this wrong...it's pro-rated $7 mil for this year, $4.5 next, and $1 mil for 2012-13).
Arguably the move would be more symbolic for the Sens as they wouldn't save a lot of cap space and would lose a fan favorite who is still productive. It would have to be a pretty nice package for them to do it. What would that package look like?
Here is my thought: Brock Nelson and PA Parenteau now and conditional draft pick(s) next season. Might be something like: if we make the playoffs, our first round pick. If not, our second and maybe our third. Nelson fills a need in their prospect pool for quality centers and Parenteau would be the most logical guy on our roster to replace Alfredsson.
Why would we do it? This team NEEDS veteran leadership at forward. Dougie was supposed to provide that, but it hasn't worked out. For a leader to be respected in the room, he has to produce and Alfredsson still can. Put him on second line with Josh and Grabs and see how they produce. I think it could be just the spark this team needs and, if we get Larsson in the draft, DA can make him feel right at home.