Simple. I would've wanted Alfredsson to be offered a fair deal after honouring that last year of his contract.
Hindsight's pointless though, so right now I'd just like to see him not being too cheap to call up some of the Bingo boys who are playing great.
I'd also like to see him shopping around for a veteran top 4 defenceman which this team desperately needs.
So yeah, the internal cap is definitely hurting the team.
I would like him to get a defenseman but we'll obviously have to give up talent to bring someone in. Are there good deals available? I think this team is being built to contend with good cap flexibility and it would be Pointless to try to accelerate now.
Free agents want long term deals and that's not good for rebuilding teams. Trades cost you assets which always carries risk. The draft is the key to success and I think we've seen way too many teams get burned with bad contracts on July 1st to risk entering bidding wars and overpaying/extending.
Is the team hurt in the short term? I'd say yes but 2-3 years from now I think we'll be happy with the outcome.