Although it likely won't sink in for most Sens fans until the team takes the ice against the Sabres on October 4, the fact remains that Daniel Alfredsson is gone. Some fans have even dubbed 2013 as the worst offseason in franchise history, despite the fact that the team got better, at least on paper.
It's easy to see why Alfredsson meant so much. He spent all 17 years of his career to this point in Ottawa, and captained the team through its most successful seasons. The way he left was nothing short of heartbreaking. Once he announced he would not retire, it was assumed he would return for one more season with the up-and-coming Sens, not flee for veteran-laden Detroit, but he did. While fans will still linger on his departure, the 2013-14 squad may have what it takes to turn their attention to the bright future ahead.
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