Alfie sticking with Sens

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray both dismissed the possibility of Daniel Alfredsson...

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray both dismissed the possibility of Daniel Alfredsson being dealt to a contender. (QMI Agency file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:29 PM ET

OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson isn't ready to jump ship.

The Senators captain told reporters Tuesday morning he's quite happy to stay in Ottawa and won't be looking to be dealt to a contender with the club struggling towards the finish line.

Owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray both dismissed the possibility of Alfredsson being dealt to a contender before the Feb. 28th trade deadline during separate interviews with the Team 1200 Monday.

“I have no problems being in Ottawa. In the situation we’re in, I’m not happy about it, but I’m going to make the most of it. I’m going to try to help all the young guys get better and get this ship in the right direction,” said Alfredsson before facing the Buffalo Sabres in the last game before the NHL all-star break.

Alfredsson said he wouldn’t consider going to a contender to try to win a Cup.

“As of now that’s not part of my plan at all,” said Alfredsson. “If something were to come up or Bryan were to talk to me I would just keep that really between us and go from there.”

Melnyk said Alfredsson is untouchable.

“I’ve been part of this since 1995 and we’ve been through our ups and downs off the ice and on the ice throughout my years here,” said Alfredsson.

“That’s life. Everything is not going to go your way.

“I believe how you act during tough times shows the kind of character you have. We’re definitely being tested right now.”

Coach Cory Clouston will make only one change against the Sabres by inserting defenceman Matt Carkner into the lineup for Filip Kuba, who will be a healthy scratch because of inconsistent play.


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