Senators players shocked, saddened by Fisher trade

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:20 PM ET

EDMONTON — They knew Mike Fisher could be traded, yet they were still shocked when it happened.

“You’re surprised right away, and sad,” captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “At the same time, we’ve talked amongst ourselves, knowing the possibilities ... That something would happen is not a total surprise to us, but still it’s not something you want to happen.

“Unfortunately, this year we haven’t been able to play the way we’re capable of and we all know the reality that comes with it.”

And the reality is that, after sitting next to Fisher on the same plank in the Senators’ dressing room for so many years, Alfredsson had to say goodbye to him Thursday morning.

Many players who took the ice for practice at the Calgary Corral looked like they’d had just lost their best buddy — even though he’s just changing teams.

“He’s a good friend of mine,” said Alfredsson. “We’ve gone through a lot of things together, and played together for a lot of years. It’s hard.”

Nick Foligno was upset.

“It’s obviously really hard,” he said. “I was really close with him. He was a great guy to me. Helped me a lot when I came into the league and we’ve been close ever since.

“If they can trade away a fan favourite and a team favourite, it sends a message that no one is safe. I don’t think any of us really thought we were.”

Said Jason Spezza: “It’s gut-check time, knowing we have to get better, knowing there’s consequences to losing games.”

When he parted company, Fisher also left with the best wishes of his friends.

“He’s an outstanding person and I’m sure he’s going to have nothing but success in Nashville,” said Spezza. “We hope that he’s happy there.”


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