Ottawa Senators Awaiting Daniel Alfredsson's Decision

By Andy Schmidt
Daniel Alfredsson
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There are obviously changes happening with the Ottawa Senators. They got an agreement to change their arena’s name to the Canadian Tire Centre and now are waiting to see if their captain, Daniel Alfredsson, wants to return next season. This is a decision that is very important concerning where the team goes next year. They need him to make up his mind before he goes back to his native Sweden next week for the summer.

The Senators can’t afford to not know what he wants to do, especially with free agency and the draft coming up very quickly. Alfredsson led the team with ten points in ten postseason games while adding 26 points in 47 games during the regular season. He is 40 years old, though, and could be leaning towards retirement at this point. He has been a fixture in Ottawa though since being drafted nearly 20 years ago now. He has averaged nearly a point a game for his career and while his production has been declining some over the past couple seasons, one more season of Alfredsson would be great.

He is also an unrestricted free agent so that could factor in whether or not he wants to return or not. It isn’t fair to the Senators, however, to be still waiting on this choice. It is either coming back to negotiate a new contract or going off into the sunset with retirement. I truly think he still has one or two years left in him and should return to Ottawa.

Everyone can now play the waiting game to find out what the decision of Alfredsson will be.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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