May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) takes the ice before game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Selanne Signs For $2M - What Does That Say About Alfredsson's Loyalty?

Anaheim legend Teemu Selanne announced yesterday that he was returning to the Ducks for one more season, and has agreed to a contract for $2M.

May 12, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) moves into position against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

What does this say about the Ottawa Senators former captain, Daniel Alfredsson? Selanne is 43, three years older than Alfredsson.  So, to compare age for age, it looks like Teemu has been pretty fairly paid, and in fact paid less over the past few years than Alfredsson, and has produced more:


08-09 38 65 27 27 54 $3.25
09-10 39 54 27 21 48 2.00
10-11 40 73 31 49 80 4.50
11-12 41 82 26 40 66 4.00
12-13 42 46 12 12 24 4.50
08-09 36 79 24 50 74 $3.80
09-10 37 70 20 51 71 7.00
10-11 38 54 14 17 31 7.00
11-12 39 75 27 32 59 4.50
12-13 40 47 10 16 26 1.00

Selanne is showing the kind of loyalty that Senators fans expected from Alfredsson.  Whether or not the promises were made about an extension the fact is that from ages 38-40, Alfredsson was paid about $12M (after losing due to pro-rated salary for the lockout) while Selanne made $9.75M, and was much more productive in terms of points per game than Alfredsson over the same age range.  Also, Selanne lost more than $2M to the lockout, while Alfredsson was out about $500K, because he made a majority of his money at the front end of the contract, and Selanne still signed for less than he lost to the lockout.

In the end, Alfredsson had his choice, as did Selanne, which was well within each of their respective rights.  Selanne chose to be loyal to the franchise that he was a part of on 2 different occasions, but unlike Alfredsson, he hadn’t spent his whole career there.  Selanne made the decision to take less money, on multiple contracts over the years, showing a loyalty to the team and the fan base.

We all know what Alfredsson chose and how he decided to go out.

Tags: Daniel Alfredsson Free Agency Off-season Teemu Selanne

  • Paul

    Hey Jared, is this how you show your so-called loyality to someone who has given his entire career to the Sens but now decided to go elsewhere? You trash him in every article you have the chance to. No such thing as loyality in sports, its a business.

    • Jared Crozier

      How have I trashed him? I haven’t necessarily agreed with him, and I have the venue to air those opinions. I have also spread the blame equally between his camp and the Senators camp. He has made some poor decisions since leaving (wearing a Sens jersey for a skate) but in the overall picture it is a business like you said. But for years saying he wanted to win a cup in Ottawa, and that he didn’t see himself going anywhere and then slinking out of town was not classy. He hurt his own reputation by doing that. Everyone has their own opinion, and they are entitled to it. I don’t like the way it went down, and I am entitled to that opinion. I am simply comparing the loyalty shown by Selanne to the Ducks and I would have expected a player with 18 years in not to bail over a couple of million dollars after earning more than $50M from the team and being treated like a god by the fans. I don’t think by airing an opinion that might not be in his favor is trashing him. I respect what he did as a player, but not what has gone down in the last two months.

  • SF

    I’m pretty sure Alfredsson would’ve taken less had the team actually for once bothered to spend money and put a winning team on the ice.
    Between the years you compare, Selanne has played with guys like Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Niedermayer x2 (Rob 1season, Scott 2seasons), Pronger (1 season) and Koivu. Alfredsson during that time: Heatley (1 season), Spezza, Michalek, Fisher and Karlsson (1 good season, 1 star season & 1 injured season).
    On top of that, Alfredsson has to kill penalties so some of his ice time is spent preventing goals and not scoring them. He still managed to put up more points in the 2013 regular and playoff season (on an injured team) than Selanne did on a team where Getzlaf was back to his usual self.
    It’s also easier for Selanne to be loyal to a team that’s gotten him a cup and been loyal to him, it’s not as easy for Alfredsson since his team hasn’t rewarded his loyalty and home town discounts with anything. The team got him Heatley, but lost Hossa in return. They also picked Redden over Chara.

    • Jared Crozier

      In case you missed it, for a stretch in the late 2000′s the Sens were one of the highest spending teams, especially for a small market. The team that they put around Alfredsson was good enough to make it to the final the same year as Selanne won his Cup. You overestimate the team around Teemu (Rob Niedermayer?) and underestimate the clubaround Alfredsson. Anaheim hasn’t done much more than Ottawa since then. Selanne has been a 2nd liner for the most part, with Getzlaf-Perry-Ryan being the first line. Alfredsson has played first line with Spezza almost exclusively until Turris arrived. Choosing Redden over Chara was Chara’s decision, not Ottawa’s. Ottawa wanted to keep them both, Redden was willing, Chara wasn’t.

  • Seiya

    Alfie was *the leader*, captain, and face of this team. Although Selanne brought leadership to the Ducks’ dressing room, it was not to the same extent as Alfie. Alfie’s intangibles and the ways in which he made the Sens a better team (and one that Sens fans could love) are worth so much in terms of wins and attendance/merchandising.

    Alfie should look forward and not give his life blood to disloyal bosses that don’t respect his worth and dedication. He would not want for his teammates to go through the same thing, so he is not going to set that example. I have absolutely no questions at all about his heart and soul, for the team and for the city.

  • Dave

    Please stop writing these articles on Alfie. I understand its slow news season, but come on, we’re a better fan base than this. Every blog has beaten this subject to death.