Daniel Alfredsson Finally Ends His Career at Ottawa Senators
Daniel Alfredsson has officially declared that his career as a hockey player has come to a dead end thanks to his chronic back problems. Alfredsson did not disclose what would be keeping him busy after his retirement. He stated that there is still time to figure out what works for him.
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"I've spent the last few months or since the summer just trying to make it work to play another season. I've come to this decision to retire. What's going to happen next, we haven't gotten into that and I don't really know," Alfredsson said.
"I'm going to try to take a step back and evaluate what the next chapter is going to be. I don't have a good answer for that right now." On the other hand, Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, stated that Alfredsson can be considered for a management position because he has proved he is an all round person.
Alfredsson stated that he arrived at the decision after consulting his wife, Bibbi. "I was taken aback by this offer. I never believed that my career entitled me to any special treatment. However, Bibbi and I both agreed this was the right thing to do and it would give us a chance to say thank you to the people and the fans of Ottawa. So here we are," he said.
Senators manager, Bryan Murray, argued that Alfredsson was the best player the team has ever had. Murray will particularly live to remember how Alfredsson led Senators to victory during the Eastern Conference final where they beat Buffalo Sabres which saw them carry the Stanley Cup.
"I've been fortunate over my career to be involved with many great players, several who are now in the Hall of Fame, and I can assure that near the top of the list is Daniel Alfredsson," Murray said.
"I remember after practice, I'd say to him, ‘Why don't you get the hell off the ice and rest?' and he'd say, 'This is the fun part, Bryan. This when you get a chance to play keep away.' I think the message was much stronger than that. It was maybe if you stayed out on the ice and worked harder, practiced your skill level, you'd be better players. Daniel continually did that.
"It's a tough day for hockey. It's a tough day for all of us in the NHL that Daniel Alfredsson is retiring. He is going to be missed. He is going to be remembered. Certainly one of the great players that I have been associated with, and I'm proud he's here today retiring as an Ottawa Senator."
Alfredsson had earlier departed from Senators because he had been signed by Detroit Red Wings for one year. However, he did not play for the Wings due to his severe back pains. That is what saw him return to Senators. He had actually tried his best but it seems age is also catching up with him. He will be remembered for being the team's captain since they signed him in 1994.
"I worked hard to rehab my back this summer so I could play another year. However, about three weeks ago I realized it's time to retire," Alfredsson said. "It's another hard decision." Alfredsson has seen it all at Senators. He was there to see three coaches and two general managers come and go. He has also seen the team depart from Ottawa Civic Center to the current Canadian Tire Centre.
During his career, Alfredsson recorded 1,178 matches. He actually managed to get 426 goals, recording 682 assists. In total, he earned 1,108 points. Alfredsson stated that he has been eagerly waiting for his retirement. He will have an opportunity to bid his team mates farewell on Thursday during the warm up session ahead of their clash with New York Islanders.
"It's going to be really cool. I'm looking forward to it and it's going to be a great experience," Alfredsson said . "Being out there with the boys again is going to be a special feeling. I'm going to try to not fall down."
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