Daniel Alfredsson coming back for one more season
So much for the farewell tour.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson announced Friday that he will be returning for one more season, his 18th in the NHL.
“The key is the urge is still there. Right now, it feels like it’s just going to be another year. But one should never say never, but that’s how it feels right now,” Alfredsson told the Ottawa Sun.
The six-time All-Star returns to an Ottawa team that could be among the best in the East if they are able to avoid injuries. Last season the team was decimated by the injury bug, losing four of their top players for long stretches. Still, the Senators reached the Conference Semifinals before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alfredsson posted 10 points in 10 playoff games during the run.
Alfredsson has captained the Senators for 14 years and is the franchise’s leader in scoring and games played with 1,108 points in 1,178 regular season games for the team, while also totaling 100 points in 121 playoff games.
“Alfie’s Ottawa. You think of the Ottawa Senators in general, I think you probably think Daniel Alfredsson because he’s been there for most of their time there. I think he is the Ottawa Senators,” former teammate Ray Emery told The Globe and Mail.
Although the Swede is not currently under contract with the Senators, he has committed to play for the team next season. Now it’s up to his agent, J.P. Barry, and Senators GM Bryan Murray to work out a deal.
“We were informed last (Friday) morning by J.P. Barry that Daniel has made a decision and is committed to play next year for the Senators. We will now begin the process of negotiating a contract, which we hope to have completed in the near future,” Murray said.
Alredsson’s long time teammate Chris Phillips, the second longest tenured Senator in franchise history, was ecstatic about the news, saying, “I’m certainly going to send him a text or e-mail to tell him how excited I am. I gave him my two cents at the end of the year and I told him I hoped he would be back. I think it’s great.”