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by George Malik on 12/11/13 at 11:17 AM ET
NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" column mostly focuses on the Tampa Bay Lightning's injury issues, the Minnesota Wild and a pair of New Jersey Devils rookies, but Rosen also offers stand-alone-entry-worthy quips from someone who turns 41 today in Daniel Alfredsson. Alfredsson's been wearing an alternate captain's "A" in Henrik Zetterberg's absence, and Alfredsson told Rosen that he's become accustomed to reprising a familiar role on what may still remain a somewhat unfamiliar team:
Captain Henrik Zetterberg's absence from the Detroit Red Wings lineup because of injury has opened the door for Daniel Alfredsson to adopt a bigger leadership role with the team. Alfredsson, who was the Ottawa Senators' captain for 13 years, told NHL.com he feels far more comfortable exerting his brand of leadership now than when he first arrived in Detroit.
"It was a bigger adjustment period than I thought it would be, both on and off the ice, with changing everything," Alfredsson said. "Looking back on it, it has been a great learning experience for me to see what players go through when they change things in a way that I didn't really appreciate before. It's natural, too. You don't just come in and in my case being a captain for so long, just try to take over. I try to see where I can fit in, where I can help out. I think I've got a pretty good feel for that now. I definitely feel comfortable enough with this team now where I'm able to act as normal."
Alfredsson is on a hot streak, with 10 points (four goals) in his past nine games.
Alfresson also had this to say about Pavel Datsyuk's work ethic...
Daniel Alfredsson on getting to know Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk as a teammate:
"I knew he was extremely good and I always admired him, just how smart he is all over the ice and how he reads the game so well. But when you see it every day, the skill is there, the mental attitude is there and the work ethic is there. You see every day he wants to get better and he pushes himself. I think at times he had to challenge himself too because he is definitely one of the best in the world. He has to play and push himself in practice and that's what I find amazing. He's an older guy too, but he really wants to just push himself and see where he can go."
And if you want to read the rest of Rosen's article, you may most certainly do so on your own.
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