Daniel Alfredsson never ceases to amaze.
Weeks after admitting to the world that he selfishly left the only NHL franchise he had known for a better opportunity to chase a Stanley Cup, Alfie took the stage shortly after 11:00 am this morning and delivered a broadside blow to the Senators organization worthy of his hit on Darcy Tucker.
For fans expecting more of the same canned answers, this was not that.
If anything, today was a lesson in PR mastery. From scheduling at the Royal Ottawa Hospital – where Alfredsson did a lot of charitable work to raise the profile of mental health – to having Alfie walk into the press conference with a prepared speech in one hand and his wife’s hand in his other, and a box of Kleenex placed on the podium moments before Alfie opened his mouth.
(As an aside, as much as people may feel compelled to shit on Alfie for using the Royal Ottawa as a venue and possibly using it as a shield, much in the same way that Barry Bonds used to sit his son on his lap while conducting press conferences, there's something to be said about using this instance to bring more attention to mental health awareness. It's a worthy cause that is deserving of more attention.)
And then Alfie spoke, he led with formaltiies; thanking the Royal, the city, the fans. All the stuff one would expect. When things turned to hockey a few minutes later we learned his decision to leave wasn’t about having a better chance to win the cup at all.no comments