It's up to him of course. But I'm not sure these deadline aquistions buy what they used to. We might actually enjoy seeing Alfredsson spend his entire career as a Senator than the 2nd round draft pick he'd likely fetch. Beside he has an olympic gold medal so he's experienced something similar to a Stanley Cup Championship.
Next year we get Karlsson, Cowen back. Potentially a big name free agent like Perry and maybe a top-end prospect like Lindholm.
That is when we make a big push for a deep playoff run.
He'll be back.
And our youngsters we have Like Silfverberg, Zibanejad and Da Costa now will have a year of experience under their belt and hopefully be better players. I dont think Alfie will want to miss out on that. And I think he loves Ottawa too much to leave.
I don't think he wants to move and I don't think the team will ask him to, but... I don't think he wants to end up like Sundin who, when asked to waive his NTC, refused and thus suddenly became a polarizing player in Toronto and was not offered to re-sign with the team during the summer despite coming off a really good season. He didn't want to retire but seeing as he could no longer play for his team he took several months before signing with another team. Following this he did retire even though he probably had another couple of good seasons in him. He never openly declared that anything was amiss in Vancouver, but reading between the lines it was quite obvious that he was not comfortable playing in the NHL for another team than Toronto.
Anyway, I still don't think it will come down to him being asked to move so much ado about nothing I guess.