What's it going to take, Alfie?

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

STOCKHOLM -- Everybody involved agrees how they want talks on a new contract for Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to end.

Getting there is the tough part and it started in earnest yesterday.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray met with J.P. Barry, Alfredsson's agent, yesterday.

Murray came away from the meeting encouraged with what he heard.

"Both sides want to get something done," he said.

"It is something we both want, but it will take some time to work through to find a structure that is mutually acceptable," said Barry.

Talks explored a number of options with the Senators wanting to know about Alfredsson's post-career aspirations, as well. Making Melnyk's desire to have Alfredsson be "a Senator for life," as he said the other day in Gothenburg, will likely be part of this negotiation, which will likely continue with another meeting in Ottawa next weekend.

General numbers were thrown around and different scenarios on term, as well.

One agent figured Alfredsson could easily command $20-$25 million (all terms US) on a three-year deal.

"I haven't talked to J.P. and I won't talk to him until we get home," Alfredsson said after the game last night.

Alfredsson is in the final year of his contract which has three one-year options attached. If he plays 70 games and has at least 70 points this season, he gains control of the options and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

If he doesn't do the 70-70 combo, the Senators can have him for $3.8 million next year, a bargain.


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