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Alfresson On His Future In Ottawa

02/21/2013 at 11:14pm EST

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.”

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Not sure why he even gets asked this question, does someone expect him to say, yes, I want to get traded?

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