Snubbed by his former captain almost three months ago Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is not yet ready to even think about rekindling the relationship.

Where Melnyk once suggested a post-playing career job in the organization was Daniel Alfredsson’s should he want it the offer is now not even hidden behind the salt and pepper let alone on the table.

Friday night marked Alfredsson’s first home pre-season game with the Detroit Red Wings the team he bolted to as a free agent in July.

“It’s kind of tough when somebody goes down the road ... it’s like a girlfriend leaving you or something” Melnyk said at the opening of Sens Mile on Elgin Street hours before Alfredsson’s first game as a Wing at Joe Louis Arena. “But I don’t know. Things change all the time. Like who would have ever thought he’d leave. You just never know.”

Melnyk was also asked if Alfredsson would be celebrated when he returns to Ottawa — and if his jersey No. 11 might some day be raised to the rafters and retired at Canadian Tire Centre. He replied by addressing only half the question.