All this "close to home" talk makes no sense. He's a 3 1/2 hour drive from home. He doesn't go back to Halliburton except for Christmas and bi-week during the season. Half his family, including his wife, is from Denver, where he still owns a house, and spent his entire adult life. Colorado is literally his favourite hockey team, and Sakic is his favourite player. He left all of that to find success. Why would he stay in Ottawa to save time commuting????? His job is literally to play hockey and travel. He's not going to spend the next 8 years in an organization that is far away from contending, and has multiple other issues. He might say he likes Ottawa because it's "close to home", but that might be because it is literally the only thing he likes about playing in Ottawa.