We all saw star Ottawa Senators’ defenceman Erik Karlsson pick the puck up off the ice in his last game of the season.
We saw the team picture with Karlsson sitting as far away from owner Eugene Melnyk as possible.
Now former Sens great Daniel Alfredsson says he would like to see a new owner of the team.
Erik Karlsson picks up his last puck as an Ottawa Senator.
Then Alfredsson mysteriously left Senators’ management.
Alfredsson is Karlsson’s mentor. The young player lived in Alfredsson’s house when he moved to Ottawa. He babysat the former Sens children.
You have to know the advice Alfredsson is giving Karlsson about staying with the Sens. Leave.
This pretty much means Karlsson’s departure from the Sens is a lock.
And that might not be so bad. Karlsson after his major foot surgery is not the player he was.
Late in the year he was coming around offensively but defensively he was one of the worst players in the NHL.
Furthermore by the time the Senators are ready to contend, Karlsson will be on the downside of his career. Some players don’t decline … they fall off a cliff when it comes to performance.
You want to bet $70 million on a guy with a gimpy foot? Good luck.
Alfredsson’s comments and other evidence ensure Karlsson is gone. The fans won’t like that but the smart move is not to re-sign him.
Get some draft choices for the defenceman and rebuild. The Karlsson era is over.
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