August 17, 2013
Senators should be punished for Alfredsson's deal
By Steve Simmons, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Should the National Hockey League retroactively punish the Ottawa Senators for clear circumvention of the salary cap?
I say yes.
The NHL says no.
There is absolutely no doubt now, as if there was ever doubt, that the last contract Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Senators was not intended to be fulfilled. In the he-said, he-said finger-pointing press conference of Thursday, Alfredsson said he had no intention of playing the final year of his contract for $1 million and the Senators knew that as well.
These were the kind of deals Brian Burke screamed so loudly — and rightly — about.
The kind of deal that cost the New Jersey Devils a first-round draft pick next season for signing a player who was later allowed to bolt his contract and return to Russia.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL wants to look forward, not back, at salary cap management. But something seems wrong when New Jersey gets penalized for a similar crime while the NHL looks