Alfredsson ponders his future
Daniel Alfredsson's decision to continue his NHL career into an 18th season — beyond the Ottawa Senators' disappointing loss to the Penguins on Friday night in the Eastern Conference semifinals — won't be his alone.
Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William Erik — his children aged 10 through 2 — will have something to say about it.
His wife, Birgitta, will have an opinion, too.
Then there is Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who will meet with the 40-year-old captain in the next few days.
Coach Paul MacLean, however, was the only member of the Senators organization to weigh in definitively after the 6-2 loss to the Penguins.
Asked about the possible returns of unrestricted free agents Alfredsson and 39-year-old defenseman Sergei Gonchar, MacLean said, “My expectation is they will be back until they tell me they are not going to be.”
For Alfredsson, however, it's not that easy. He said he really doesn't know what he will do.
Even if the decision was only his, he is unsure.
“I really can't say now,” he said after the 1,179th game of his 17-year career. “I love the game, I love to practice, I love to play the games.”
“I find the travel really tough with four kids at home,” he said. “That's where I struggled personally.”
Alfredsson, who has 426 career goals, missed one goal recently that especially bothered him. His son scored it.
“My son's first career goal, birthdays,” he said. “I missed out on a lot at home.”
“My wife draws a pretty heavy load at home. Without her, I would never have been able to play this long.”
Alfredsson, who retrieved the puck Wednesday at the last game at Scotiabank Place, said there were no special thoughts running through his head at the end of Friday's game at Consol Energy Center.
“If I had decided to retire already, it would have been different,” he said.
Teammate Kyle Turris said it would be difficult for the Senators to carry on without Alfredsson.
“Alfie is the heart and soul of Ottawa, not just our team,” he said. “To possibly be losing him, that's something that will be real tough that we would have to work through.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins GM prepares for emotional series against Carolina
- Penguins notebook: Winning home games crucial for Penguins
- Comeau’s hat trick leads Penguins; Crosby reaches 800 career points
- Penguins notebook: Bennett to miss about 2 weeks
- Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration
- Ehrhoff finding his way with Penguins
- Penguins’ Scuderi, Despres an odd couple on defense
- Penguins notebook: Johnston calls Quinn ‘phenomenal’ coach, person
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ absence will alter roles on penalty kill
- Finding balance between toughness, excessiveness key for Penguins’ Downie
- Penguins notebook: Penguins getting fewer power-play opportunities