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Highlights of Daniel Alfredsson's sweater retirement ceremony.
added 9:52pm, Watch the full ceremony below...
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Since retiring as a player, Daniel Alfredsson has experienced a run of salutations.
He now has the key to the city, membership in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, among his credentials.
On Thursday, Alfredsson will watch his No. 11 Ottawa Senators jersey be raised to the rafters at the Canadian Tire Centre, prior to a game between the Senators and Red Wings. The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Puck drop is 8:08 p.m. After the jersey retirement, there won’t be much left by way of honours, except this big one: Entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
While Alfredsson doesn’t have the slam-dunk numbers of Teemu Selanne, also eligible for Hall consideration next year, the elegant Swede has amassed a compelling argument over an 18-year NHL career, 17 of them in Ottawa where he served as captain for 13 seasons. He finished his final NHL season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14 before signing a one-day contract with Ottawa to officially end his career as a member of the Senators.
A glimpse at Alfredsson’s case:
BY THE NUMBERS
In 1,246 NHL games, Alfredsson was close to a point-per-game player with 444 goals and 713 assists for 1,157 points. Alfredsson had two 40-goal seasons (43, 40), one 100-point season (103 in 2005-06) and 13 times he scored 20 or more goals in a season. He added 100 playoff points (51 goals) in 124 post-season games.
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) owner Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) announced today that former Senators captain and current senior advisor of hockey operations Daniel Alfredsson will have his number 11 retired by the Senators on Thursday, Dec. 29, when the Senators host the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre.
“Daniel is an iconic figure in the history of our franchise. We are very excited to announce that the Senators Player Honouring Committee has unanimously decided that as we embark on the Ottawa Senators 25th season in the NHL, this would be the perfect time to have Daniel’s number 11 raised to the rafters of Canadian Tire Centre,” said Senators owner and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk. “Daniel has consistently demonstrated class and excellence throughout his NHL career so it is only fitting his jersey number be retired to hang alongside the number 8 of legendary Frank Finnigan.”
From the Ottawa Senators:
News Release: Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk announces Daniel Alfredsson appointed as senior advisor of hockey operations
Former Senators captain and all-time leading scorer joins hockey department
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) owner Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) today announced that former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will join the team’s front office staff as the team’s senior advisor of hockey operations.
“I am excited for our fans and our team that Daniel has agreed to begin the second part of his storied hockey career right where he belongs – with the Senators. Daniel has been an exceptional part of our team’s history. He was a tremendous leader on the ice and equally in our community. I very much want him to continue to be part of our hockey club and our city,” said team owner Eugene Melnyk. “Bringing the Stanley Cup to Ottawa has always been my focus, now more than ever. I believe Daniel’s experience and track record as one of the elite players in our league will bring us closer to that goal.”
Alfredsson, 42, will work in the Senators hockey department in 2015-16 season, serving as an advisor to Bryan Murray and will support hockey operations duties at the National Hockey League level, from scouting to player development.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators are in the final stages of discussions with their former captain to bring him back in an off-ice role in hockey operations. What his title is going to be will be determined next month but the 42-year-old Alfredsson has told the Sun in the past he liked the role of senior VP that Steve Yzerman played in Detroit.
“Alfie can probably have whatever title he wants but the key is what he can bring to the table and he’s got a lot to learn,” said another league executive.
If Alfredsson wants to follow in the footsteps of Yzerman, who is headed into his sixth year as GM of the Lightning, then that isn’t going to happen overnight and the Super Swede will likely get a look at every aspect of the organization when he officially signs on with the Senators sometime before training camp.
At this point, Alfredsson is back in Detroit and there’s some belief his family may stay there this winter because the kids are enrolled in school and sports.
A move back to Ottawa may not happen until 2016-17 and at that point Alfredsson would be able to take on more of role.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch spoke with Daniel Alfredsson while the former Senators forward was attending a charitable event in Ottawa, and while Alfredsson isn't exactly ready to rejoin the Senators right now, Garrioch was surprised to find that Alredsson, who still lives in Birmingham, Michigan, has become intrigued by the idea of coaching:
Following his retirement, Alfredsson watched a few games with Senators GM Bryan Murray along with assistants Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee to see what they're looking for when they scout players and then spent time in the front office to get a first-hand look at what goes into the scouting of players on a day-to-day basis.
That's why it's a little surprising he hasn't completely ruled out maybe playing a role on the coaching staff, but after spending time with his kids it sounds like he's enjoying being an on-ice teacher and mentor.
"I don't know. When that time comes you have to have that discussion with people that have been there and see what they think and what I could contribute with in different areas," said Alfredsson, who's still a major sponsor of the annual Ringside for Youth charity event for the Boys and Girls Club which was held Thursday evening at the Shaw Centre.
"I really enjoyed coaching the boys and it was a big learning curve for me as well. You know it's easy when you see things on the ice, 'Just do this' but you have to be able to explain it to eight year-olds or 12 year-olds in a way they might understand it and I really enjoy that. It's challenging, and I'm learning a lot from it too. I think I'm helping the kids become better and thinking in a different way than maybe I have with other coaches."
Garrioch continues, and there's a complicating factor here: it sounds like Alfredsson's family has settled in Metro Detroit, and Ottawa isn't exctly an everyday commute's distance from Metro Airport.
Daniel Alfredsson addresses the fans in Ottawa.
Nice gesture by the Ottawa players...
added 9:56am, Press conference is over.
Daniel Alfredsson will announce his retirement today from the NHL and you can watch it below. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 9:30am ET.
But first, here is a tribute video the Senators put together.
Live stream of Alfredsson retirement is below and again, it is scheuduled to start at 9:30am.
from Andrew Duffy of the Ottawa Citizen,
As a draft-eligible junior in Sweden, he was so little regarded that he was passed over by every team in the NHL. It wasn’t until he was 22 years old and a forward in the Swedish Elite League that the Ottawa Senators plucked him out of the sixth round, 133rd overall. He was — like everyone else chosen so late in the 1994 draft — a gamble, a long shot, a hunch.
“We liked what we saw, but he was a little undersized,” remembers then Senators GM Randy Sexton. “It was no slam dunk that he was going to play in the NHL.”
Alfredsson will retire Thursday with more NHL goals (444) and more points (1,157) than anyone else selected in that year’s draft.
Even more improbably, this quiet, private man from Gothenburg, Sweden will retire as the most beloved hockey player in the modern history of the Ottawa Senators: an icon in a city still coming to terms with its Alfie obsession.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Bryan Murray went for a car ride with an old pal Monday in Detroit.
Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson invited Murray along for a little ride about town, allowing the two to catch up.
"I ran into him today and he asked me what I was doing and he said, 'Let’s go for a drive.' It was nice," the Senators GM told ESPN.com Monday ahead of his team’s game against the Red Wings.
Just goes to show that despite Alfredsson’s dramatic exit from Ottawa before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2013, time heals all wounds.
I wouldn’t call us friends, but there aren’t many athletes with whom I’ve had a better professional, working relationship. When speaking to kids or doing question-and-answer sessions, you get asked who the best guys are to deal with. He was always on my list.
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson. Read more on Alfredsson from Friedman.
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,
Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Daniel Alfredsson's comeback bid is about to end.
Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson.
Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action.
continued plus the Toronto stick salute debate...
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
If Alfredsson has indeed played his last NHL game, is he a Hall of Famer? Here’s the case for and against.
For: His numbers are good
For forwards in the modern era, topping the 1,000-point mark has long been considered the minimum threshold to get into the Hall of Fame discussion, and Alfredsson clears that mark comfortably with a career total of 1,157. He falls short of the 500-goal mark, another milestone that bolsters a case, but he was never viewed as a pure goal scorer, and his 444 goals are within the lower range of what the Hall seems to consider acceptable.2
Against: His numbers are good; they’re not great
Alfredsson’s career totals are decent, but they fall well short of sure-thing territory. He sits 51st in career points, behind guys like Bernie Nicholls and Vincent Damphousse who never even dipped a toe into serious HOF conversation.
That’s not an especially great comparison, since those guys played in a higher-scoring era.3 But nobody ever said these debates were fair, and some selection committee members might look at Alfredsson’s totals and feel underwhelmed when the comparisons start getting thrown around.
This time the Hockey Night in Canada segment in which Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox dish news and notes has been geo-blocked to Canada only (Paul sent me an email informing me of the "stuff we already know" in that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins, hopefully making his pro debut in about two weeks, but Daniel Alfredsson is not and may retire), but Friedman did offer some Twitter quips from his exchange, beginning with Ryan McDonagh's separated shoulder yielding interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (who is "on the block"):
Ekblad scored his first goal, a game-winning marker in Florida's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday evening...
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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"When you do it every day for a couple of weeks we'll see how it feels," Alfredsson said. "Make sure it holds up and it's not just feeling good for a little bit and then you're in and out all year long. That's not what anybody wants.
"Every day it's been progressing good. As we push more and more it's going to be more telling."
Alfredsson will decide before the team leaves for training camp in Traverse City on Sept. 17 (on ice starting the 19th).
"If Alfie tells me he can't play hockey, my decision has been made," general manager Ken Holland said. "If Alfie tells me he feels great, and he wants to play hockey then we have to sit down and talk.
"He wants to play. He wants to be fair to the Detroit Red Wings. And he wants to put himself through an everyday test that starts this week."
Mid-to-late August is the time of year that most NHL players--at least those who have established longer-term homes in particular locales--begin showing up near their places of employment.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's return to Canada's capital yielded some, let's say slightly uncomfortable questions regarding possibly succeeding Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza as the Senators' captain, as noted by the Canadian Press's Lisa Wallace (the Senators' website posted an 11:37 clip of Karlsson's media availability, too)...
“Obviously it’s something I wouldn’t say no to (but) it’s not something I’m going to ask for,” the star defenceman said Monday. “I think whoever takes that decision is going to make the right one and whether it’s me or someone else I think it’s going to be good for the team and good for the organization.”
The Senators are once again in search of a new captain as Jason Spezza — who replaced longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson — was traded to the Dallas Stars this past summer. Spezza wore the “C” for just one season before requesting a trade from Senators management.
“As a friend point of view it’s sad to see him go and I wish him all the best,” Karlsson said. “It’s part of the business unfortunately. He’s been here for a long time and felt that he needed to move on. It’s just one of those things you learn to deal with as a professional athlete.”
And Karlsson certainly seems to have blunted the edge of his spar-worthy tiff with the Senators' particularly team-critical media corps:
The Free Press's Helene St. James, writing for USA Today, reports that Team Sweden suffered from a friendly fire incident at today's pratcice:
The Swedes have a joke about defenseman Erik Karlsson: He has one speed, and that's wrecking ball.
They are on him about slowing down in practice, though, because Monday morning at Bolshoy Training Rink, Karlsson knocked down star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist giving chase to Loui Eriksson, and wiped out star scorer Daniel Alfredsson.
"That's a tough thing," Alfredsson said, "because he really wanted to catch Loui on the breakaway and threw himself down, and Henrik was trying to make the save, and they just pummeled each other. We can laugh at it now because it wasn't too serious, but it gave everybody a big scare."
St. James continues, and the Canadians and Americans are speaking to the media at the time I'm writing this (3:48 AM)...
If you want more Alfredsson talk, The Malik Report has it covered.
Any way you slice it, tonight's game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. It was a chance to get an important two points against a division rival, a chance to bounce back on the road after a home loss in a game they probably should have won, and a chance to avoid falling behind early in the Atlantic division.
Of course, all that ignores the elephant in the room. The fact is, even though a lot of the Sens players had avoided talking about it, or said they weren't thinking about it, this was probably a night they've had circled on their calendar's since the middle of the summer for one reason. Daniel Alfredsson.
In case you haven't heard, Ottawa plays in Detroit tomorrow night meaning the Sens face their former captain, Daniel Alfredsson.
I could have put up about six posts today regarding all the talk but decided to do this...
"We're just going there to play the Red Wings. That's all my focus is on is we're playing the Red Wings. That's a big enough task in my book.
"They have lots of good players. Daniel is one of them so our focus is on the Red Wings and how they play as a team, not one guy."
-Paul MacLean, head coach of the Ottawa Senators.
"At the end of the day he's just on another team. It's not like he's not our friend, but you've got to go out and play hard against him. For us we want to get the two points and that's the bottom line. It's no different than playing other friends on other teams."
-Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators
"It's been very different. He's been here as long as I've been here and longer than that as well. It's just something that you were used to and someone you were used to having around all the time. It's different, but it's going well. I'm still a happy guy and even though I miss him we're still talking every once in a while so it's all good."
-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators
More from the CP at CBC.
I wonder if Alfredsson has put any money on the board for the game?
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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One of the things Daniel Aflredsson famously did during his time in Ottawa was regularly play host to the Senators' Swedish prospects at his family's Kanata home whenever they were splitting their time between the big club and the farm team in Binghamton, NY.
It looks like at least one of them got attached - and the home will be 'staying in the family,' so to speak.
"I'm not going to go into details," Lehner told the Sun when asked the purchase price after Tuesday's practice. "But it was good for all parties."
Alfredsson was looking to sell his Kanata estate when he signed in the summer with the Detroit Red Wings and brought his wife and four boys to Motown with him. Coincidentally, Lehner, 22, happened to be the market for the first time in his life. Since turning pro, Lehner has mostly bounced back and forth between Binghamton and Ottawa.
"It's very nice," Lehner said of the house, which he says has one master bedroom and "a few kids rooms."
Full Story (Ottawa Sun)
ESPN's Scott Burnside's relieving Pierre LeBrun in the "rumblings" department today, offering "ramblings" instead. Among them:
Like most people, we’re fascinated to see how the Daniel Alfredsson experiment turns out in Detroit. But the one thing that we still can’t get over is that the NHL decided not to act on Alfredsson’s blunt acknowledgement that his previous contract with the Ottawa Senators was, in fact, a blatant attempt to circumvent the salary cap under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Alfredsson told reporters before training camp that when the four-year deal was signed neither side expected Alfredsson would play in the contract’s final year -- worth only $1 million in real money even though the cap hit was $4.875 million annually. It was exactly that kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge deal that the league had been warning teams about for years -- Alfredsson made $7 million in each of the first two years of the pact -- and which ultimately cost the New Jersey Devils mightily in their first attempt at a contract for the erstwhile Ilya Kovalchuk. The so-called cheat deals were, in theory, eliminated by new parameters put on contracts in the new collective bargaining agreement and the league’s position is that they are going to look forward instead of back. Good news for the Senators, but maybe in the spirit of CBA détente, the league should forgive the Devils the first round draft pick they must forfeit next spring for having done no worse than what Alfredsson admitted the Senators did in his case.
I'm curious as to why the Flames aren't being dinged for allowing Miikka Kiprusoff to retire early, too, but that's just me...
"I've been reading all about it. It's a big deal, especially because the U.S. is in the spotlight surrounding the whole world regarding Syria and what's going to happen there. I was reading the papers online, and they were welding together all the manholes in the ground just to make sure no one can get in. You don't see that in Sweden often.
"We're honored to have him. It's a big deal."
-Daniel Afredsson of the Detroit Red Wings on President Obama visiting Sweden. Helene St.James of the Detroit Free Press has more from Zetterberg and Kronwall.
added 3:05pm, I tweeted early this morning of President Obama thanking the Swedes for their hockey players, here is the full quote via USA TODAY,
"I should mention on behalf of hockey fans back home in Chicago, I have to say how grateful our championship Blackhawks are for their several teammates who hail from Sweden," said Obama during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday. "So that's been an excellent export that we gladly accept."
Someone please tell me why Detroit's bankruptcy was brought up in this statement?
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Red Wings on Friday tweeted the first pictures of newcomer Daniel Alfredsson on the ice, wearing his bright red Winged Wheel sweater. Painful for most onlookers from Ottawa, and a few here in the Hub of Hockey. The Bruins made an aggressive attempt to land Alfie as an unrestricted free agent, but he opted for the Wings, just a matter of days before Motown went into bankruptcy.
more hockey notes...
Interrupting my mini-vacation with this...
Without repeating Alfredsson's chronology of how it all went down, the bottom line is he would have been handsomely rewarded had he stayed put. As well paid as he will be with the Red Wings? Maybe, or maybe a few hundred thousand shy of that. So a guy who has earned between $60-70 million from the Senators is going to a dump like Detoilet -- and if you have ever visited Motown's downtown, you can't object to that classification -- over a measly mil?
-Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
For more on the camp circumvention, check out this post in The Malik Report.
added 1:10pm, Bryan Murray responds..
The Senators didn’t lack appreciation for Alfredsson. Go to ottawasenators.com and the first thing you see is a “Thank you” page, very classy considering the circumstances. But, it shows how careful you have to be. For just one moment, they slipped. It will never be the same.
After the Bobby Ryan trade, you can debate if the Senators or the Red Wings are the truer contender. But there is one thing you can’t debate: this should never have happened.
-Elliotte Friedman of CBC where you can read more on the Senators/Alfredsson debate...
A Stanley Cup ring is a shiny, mesmerizing thing. Alfredsson decided that with his time winding he had to make a drastic, bold move to take one last swipe at it.
Good luck to him. No matter what happens from here, his career will never be the same.
-Michael Grange of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson leaving Ottawa to sign with Detroit. More from Grange on Alfredsson.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Boston Bruins have reached out to captain Daniel Alfredsson to gauge his interest in going to Beantown when the unrestricted free agent market opens Friday at noon, league sources confirmed to the Ottawa Sun.
Speaking on a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wouldn’t speak specifically about the club’s 40-year-old captain but confirmed Boston is looking to rebuild its right side.
He also said he feels it could be a good destination for an older player looking for a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
Talks between the Senators and Alfredsson’s agent J.P. Barry are continuing Wednesday to try to get a deal done. If the club doesn’t have a contract in place by Friday at noon it will be the first time in Alfredsson’s career he will be allowed to test the market.
Alfredsson’s camp has made it clear he wants to return to Ottawa but the two sides have to decide what his market value is to make a deal. Listening to Chiarelli, a former Ottawa assistant GM, the Senators could have competition.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Apparently Team Sweden isn’t counting on Daniel Alfredsson to dig for gold next winter.
The Senators captain hasn’t decided if he’ll play next season, but it’s significant to note that he wasn’t among 18 forwards invited to a three-day information session for Team Sweden from Aug. 12-14 to prepare for the Sochi Olympics.
In a list of 35 players on the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation website for the orientation camp, Alfredsson’s name didn’t appear. The website said the three days of meetings will mostly be an information session for the Olympics.
Alfredsson, 40, has suited up for the country 13 times in his career— including four times at the Olympics. Yes, the list could change, but some wonder if he’s indicated to Swedish officials he won’t be back next season.
The last question asked on this interview is the one the twitter world has been talking about the last hour.
Make sure to follow the recent timeline of Erin Nicks' twitter for discussion and clarification.
Alfredsson received 5 for cross checking, a 10 and game misconduct. Rinaldo 2 for roughing.
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
After 16-plus seasons in Ottawa, would the 40-year-old captain consider a move to try to win a Cup if the Sens fell out of contention and the situation seemed right?
“As of now, no,” Alfredsson said. “You never say never but where we are now, we’re in the playoff race, I hope we can continue and stay in here and that’s definitely where my focus is, I’m not even thinking or worrying about anything else than this right now.”
So, there it is, Senators fan. Rest easy, for now. The steely attention of the captain is precisely where it ought to be — guiding this injury-wracked team to a possible top eight finish in the Eastern Conference. If things were to change and the right deal were to present itself, maybe, just maybe, he’d consider it. He’s too smart to close the door on the possibility, just in case.
General manager Bryan Murray certainly won’t suggest anything trade-related to Alfredsson, out of respect for the Senators’ first legacy player and the NHL’s longest serving active captain.
“I will never ask Alfie anything like that,” Murray said prior to Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place. “If Alfie comes to me and says something, that would be a worthwhile discussion, but other than that there’s nothing.”
Not sure why he even gets asked this question, does someone expect him to say, yes, I want to get traded?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One team that I believe will show serious interest in Alfredsson, if and when the time is right, is the powerhouse Boston Bruins. With the trade of Tim Thomas’ contract, the B’s have lots of cap room to add pieces before the April 3 trade deadline.
The connections, of course, are obvious: GM Peter Chiarelli used to work in Ottawa’s front office and B’s captain Zdeno Chara is a former teammate of Alfredsson's. If there’s one team that could entice Alfredsson, I’m not sure there’s a better fit than Boston.
Know this: I don’t believe Senators GM Bryan Murray has any desire whatsoever to move Alfredsson, even if his team is out of it by April 3. There’s too much respect for what Alfredsson has done for that franchise to even care about what he could bring back asset-wise. Having said that, you can bet that if -- sorry, make that when -- contenders come calling with offers, Murray would likely at least make Alfredsson aware of them and basically let him decide. As it should be, this will be Alfredsson’s call.
more plus some Sharks and protective socks talk...
from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had some choice words for NHL owners Wednesday.
“Like everybody else, I’m disappointed that the owners chose to have this tactic from the very beginning,” Alfredsson told The Citizen. “They chose to give a low-ball offer from the get-go. It was kind of clear what they wanted and I don’t see anything changing anytime soon.”
In a normal NHL world, Alfredsson would be leading the Senators against the Canadiens at Montreal’s Bell Centre in the season opener Thursday, hoping to build upon the momentum that led to the team’s surprise playoff berth last spring. Instead, NHL players are spread out around the world, awaiting for a resolution in the lockout.
The Senators captain says he’s “past being frustrated,” believing that the NHL had a lockout in mind from the start of negotiations towards a new collective bargaining agreement.
from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com,
Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ready just yet to say goodbye to the game he loves.
After taking three months to ponder his future, the Senators captain has decided he’ll return to Ottawa this fall to play out the final season of a contract he signed in October 2008. It will be his 17th National Hockey League campaign in a Senators jersey.
“I’m excited to get ready for another season,” the 39-year-old Alfredsson said from his hometown of Goteborg, Sweden, where he’s spent more than a month vacationing with his family. “I’ve been training for about a month and a half and my body feels a lot further ahead of where it was last year at this point. I expect to come into camp fitter and stronger than I did last year.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen,
The NHL’s little bossman deserves to be heckled mercilessly going forward — yes, even more so than he is now — if his insistence on hitting a home run for the owners in the current collective bargaining agreement negotiations leads to yet another work stoppage. In doing what he might think is best for the game, Bettman is causing all sorts of damage from a fan’s perspective. He could also be ending the career of the greatest player in Senators history.
And that just might be enough for him to nudge past Alexei Yashin and Dany Heatley as the most-despised individual to set foot in Scotiabank Place.
Many people in these parts, already suffocated by the summer’s heat, are now growing impatient with Daniel Alfredsson’s dilly-dallying on whether to retire or play on. But really, who can blame him? The way it stands, Alfredsson is probably like the rest of us in that he doesn’t know when, or even if, there will be a game to be played in 2012-13.
Presented by Justin Bourne of The Score,
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Once again, Daniel Alfredsson performed with incredible passion, like a man who may never do so again.
Afterward, he even admitted it could have been his swan song.
Moments following Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Czechs in Stockholm that knocked he and his Swedish teammates out of the world championship, the Senators captain was described as being “distraught” as he told local media that “this might have been my last hockey game.”
Alfredsson will now return to Ottawa and make the much-anticipated decision of whether to retire or play a 17th NHL season. Despite his comment in the aftermath of an emotional game, it’s unlikely he has made a final determination.
from Erin Nicks at NHL.com,
A rough-voiced Daniel Alfredsson took his place at the forefront of a media scrum for the final time this season, and still provided no indication as to whether he would return to the Ottawa Senators for a 17th year.
The 39-year-old admitted that he’s been missing some time with his four young sons, which has been bothering him, but his boys want to see him continue his career.
“It feels at times when you play a lot, you’re tired and you have a lot of practices … when you’re home I don’t have the energy I would like to play with the kids,” Alfredsson said. “I miss a lot of their activities – that’s going to play part of it. I’m sure the kids would like to see me play another year, there’s no question. They love being part of here, being in the locker room, and coming to games. My son once told me, when I did an interview for the All-Star Game, and I was asked if I was going to play next year. I said I didn’t know. He kind of started crying, and I thought, ‘I didn’t know he was that emotional about it.’ I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Well [if you retire] then I won’t be able to go in the pool in the locker room.’ Those are factors I think about. Right now, it’s a lot of disappointment, missing out on [continuing] in the playoffs. I definitely need time to reflect and get that feeling that you want to do it with a purpose.”
via a tweet from Erin Nicks,
Mac (Lean) on Alfie losing his temper: “Frustration’s a useless emotion to me. We didn’t talk about it directly. But we will.”
Alfredsson has not returned to the game.
update 9:35pm, Alfredsson will not return.
“I think I look at it as it could be my last playoffs and I’m going to treat it as such, too. Who knows if I’m playing next year (or) if we’ll get back to the playoffs—you just want to make sure you enjoy it and make the most of it.”
-Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators. More on Alfredsson from Erin Nicks at NHL.com.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
Let me preface this blog entry by saying I really don’t want Daniel Alfredsson to retire. He’s an absolute pleasure to deal with on a daily basis and after watching him score 27 goals this season, it’s clear that he can still play this game at a high level.
But we need to acknowledge that Thursday night could mark Daniel Alfredsson’s final regular season home game at Scotiabank Place. The fans have realized this, and once again, they are planning to chant “Alfie!, Alfie!” at the 11-minute mark of each period against the Boston Bruins.
While the prevailing hope amongst Senators fans is that their captain will return for one more season, here are five reasons why it might be a good time for Alfredsson to retire this summer:
No. 1—The Perfect Season
Nobody could have scripted this season to go any better for Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators. They’ve been one of the feel-good stories in the NHL, so wouldn’t this be a great way for Alfredsson to go out?
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC
, Even though Daniel Alfresson’s team was defeated 12-9 by Zdeno Chara’s squad in the 2012 NHL all-star game, the day capped off another incredible chapter in the life of the likeable Ottawa Senators captain.
There were so many periphery issues that enveloped the NHL all-star weekend. First, it was Alex Ovechkin’s infantile decision not to attend because of his three-game suspension. When Tim Thomas arrived in town, it was time to revisit his decision not to join his teammates for their White House visit earlier in the week.
On Saturday, NHLPA executive Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman chimed in on the looming collective agreement talks. Finally, the Sidney Crosby concussion watch became more muddled with the news that he suffered a serious neck injury along the way, too.
The focus, however, kept coming back to the Senators and even former Ottawa players like Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and Brian Elliott as well as former Ottawa 67’s junior Logan Couture. But it was the 39-year-old Alfredsson who stole the show with his class, charm and hospitality.