Daniel Alfredsson not ready to decide on retirement
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said he will mull over the decision on whether or not to retire following Thursday's 2-1 loss in New York.
The Ottawa Senators were eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night with their 2-1 loss to New York. It was not only the end of their season, it could also be the end of the Daniel Alfredsson era.
While no official announcement has been made, there's been speculation and talk that the 39-year-old Alfredsson could hang up his skates after this season. Following the game he told Damien Cox of the Toronto Star that he will "mull over the decision" on whether or not to retire.
"That's up to Daniel," said Senators coach Paul MacLean following Thursday's game. "I know we had a lot of fun and if you can have a lot of fun playing hockey, you usually don't stop. I can't speak for them but he's going to have to make a decision for himself and he'll make the right one."
Alfredsson has spent his entire career with the Senators since being selected in the sixth round of the 1994 draft. In 1,131 career games he's scored 416 goals to go with 666 assists, and his power play goal on Thursday night was the only tally for the Senators in their Game 7 loss.
As the long-time captain of the franchise dating all the way back to the start of the 1999-00 season, Alfredsson has been one of the most popular and beloved players to ever play for the Senators. Following Thursday's game he went out of his way to share a moment with Senators fans that made their way to New York to see the game.
Alfredsson leaves OTT team bus to shake hands of Senators fans on 33rd street. Wow.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 27, 2012
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