He says his role was diminished since he signed his contract. I never saw it. He and Spezza signed those contracts after the cup run and you can see that their icetime - the key method a player can be given responsibility - have tracked very closely.
So if he thinks his role was diminished, does he think someone's role's been elevated? Obviously not Spezza. Alfredsson's role hasn't changed.
I think the reason he thinks he played a diminished role is that his numbers are diminished. The worst point production, shooting percentage, and plus/minus of his career since his rookie year.