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Is Alfie as good a leader as Messier?
Mon, May 28, 2007

Either 73-year-old John Muckler has gone senile or his mind has been messed by getting back to the Stanley Cup for the first time in 17 years.

Muckler compared the 2007 Ottawa Senators to the 1990 Edmonton Oilers here yesterday. And if that didn't do it, he called Daniel Alfredsson the equal of Mark Messier as a leader.

Muckler: Alfie on par with Moose


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This question shouldn't even be asked.

If you even have to think 2 seconds about this, you know nothing about hockey and life.
Gordon S., 2007-06-26 14:55:11

You shouldnt even be allowed to mention these two names in the same breath. If you can honestly say you would rather have Alfie in charge of your squad rather than Messier you must have figure skated your entire life.
Scott, 2007-06-06 14:38:09

The Moose was a goon who used violence to deter and intimidate. His violence overshadows his other hockey skills, which were OK at times. At the end of his career, he was a locker room rat for management and baggage for his team. After NYR, Vancouver thought they could buy a Cup as well, getting Mess and Keenan. Instead, these guys destroyed the teams and careers of several Canucks almost (i.e. Naslund). People who say Keenan should be coach for 2010 Winter games must be stupid.

Alfie is a captain in the modern NHL, and Sens are a finalist for the Stanley Cup. He is getting the job done in uniting a veteran team playing within confines of modern salary cap. You could say he is just one piece of the puzzle, but he is a major and important piece, besides the coach and management. He has truly lead by example most nights. I don't think Mess's example is a good one for today's players and youth to try to follow, whereas Alfie's probably is (sportmanship and team chemistry first).
Kerry, 2007-05-29 15:17:02

John Muckler was only showing his support for the captian of his hockey team and yet he should also apologize to Alfie for making a comparison to unquestionably the guy most hockeyfan's regard as the classic example of a team captain. Messier, Yzerman, Beliveau come to mind immediately as captains, Alfie has a way to go to be included amongst the great captains in hockey.
Steve MacDonald, 2007-05-28 21:33:48

And Muckler wonders why Canadians don't embrace Ottawa as Canada's team! This makes me want to cheer all the more for whoever is playing against Ottawa. Go Ducks!
Leafs Fan, 2007-05-28 20:39:21

Messier sells potato chips...nuff said
Johnny, 2007-05-28 19:58:11

Well this is totally unfair of Muckler to suggest this. We all know that Messier was probably the greatest leader ever in hockey (Gretzky has said this several times). Alfredsson is a good leader but still has to prove himself to be put in the same sentence as Messier, Gretzky, or even Yzerman.
Lorne Willmott, 2007-05-28 17:03:06

I'm an Ottawa Sens fanatic, and I don't even think that. I don't think you can really compare the two... not sure that's exactly what Muckler had said though either, but whatever.
Ben G, 2007-05-28 16:51:49

Alfie is doing a good job of leading the team through the playoffs, but lets not forget that his two linemates have more points then he does so it's not like he is carrying the team, his line is!

But to compare him to the Moose is a general insult all the way around and we all know there is no comparison.
tj, 2007-05-28 16:45:13

Congratulations to Muckler for making me laugh as hard as I ever have! Gimme a break! Alfredsson would be the water boy on any Messier team.
Mark Berry, 2007-05-28 16:16:41

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