Will Senators deal Alfredsson?
Don’t automatically assume Daniel Alfredsson will be a top candidate to be a “rental player” at the NHL trade deadline.
While there is a possibility the Senators captain could be traded to a contender in February so he has a chance to win a Stanley Cup, it’s far from a sure thing.
While the 38-year-old Alfredsson has looked good in the first seven games and could help a contender if Ottawa isn’t in the playoff picture, his contract is going to make it tough for anyone to make a pitch.
The Sun spoke with league types in the last three days to see how likely it is Alfredsson will be moved. Here are some factors the Senators will have to weigh:
No. 1: Alfredsson’s salary is an attractive $1 million in the final year of his contract and that’s a bargain basement price for a player with his capabilities. But he still carries a $4.875-million cap hit because that’s the average annual value of the deal. That could be tough for a lot of teams to swallow.
No. 2: Since Alfredsson signed the extension after he turned 35, he will still be a cap hit even if he decides not to play next season.
No. 3: The contending team could deal Alfredsson to a team looking to get to the salary cap floor — teams like the Isles and Panthers — if he were to choose to retire, but the league frowns on those kind of moves.
No. 4: Alfredsson would have to agree to waive his no-movement clause to make a deal happen. He has said he hasn’t given any thought to being dealt.