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Alfredsson thinks this playoff run could be his last

Apr 9, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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The odds are stacked against the eighth seed Ottawa Senators in their first round series against the New York Rangers, but that’s okay. Sure, the Senators will play to win just like everyone else and they aren’t going to let a little thing like the Rangers superior record, all-star goaltending, intimidating top line, or their impressive depth stop them from giving it their all. Taking a step back though, this is a rebuilding season for the Senators and, on that level, just getting some playoff experience is a victory.

Only, for Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, this season isn’t about laying the ground work for a future Stanley Cup bid. At the age of 39, this might very well be it for him.

“I look at it as, it could be my last playoffs,” Alfredsson said. “I’m going to treat it as such, too. Who knows, even if I play next year, if we get back in the playoffs. You just want to make sure you enjoy it, and make the most of it.”

It’s worth noting that Alfredsson is signed through the 2012-13 campaign, but he might decide to hang up his skates this summer. He’s spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators and has never won a Stanley Cup. You can expect him to play with a lot of passion as the Senators attempt to upset the top seeded Rangers.

  1. iamanidiotfan - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Not a Senators fan, but Alfredsson has been a classy player. If it is his last playoff, I hope the Senators play well.

  2. nobandwagoners - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    He’s shown great dedication to the Sens. His timing in being with Ses has been bad as they’ve never managed to get over the cusp into a true contender.

  3. bergeronforselke - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Great player and he always had big games against the Bruins. Sucks that he won’t win one (assumedly)

  4. biffnasty - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    This is his last playoff series rangers in 4

  5. sterogatory - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Longest serving captain in the NHL. Love the passion and determination Alfie brings to the ice and I fully expect Sens to push Rangers to 6 or 7 games.

  6. brian32556 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Being a Ranger fan in upstate NY, its always been easier (and cheaper) to bring my kids to Ottawa to see the Broadway Blueshirts. Alfredsson is as classy as the city and people he represents. We are never hassled in Ottawa (hear that Toronto, Buffalo, and Montreal) for being opponents’ fans.

    • alecitrullo10 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      if you’re going to an opponents building you should expect to be hassled a little bit….i am a toronto fan living in ottawa and i always expect the sens fans to hassle the leafs fans or the habs fans…and they do it….you dont wanna get hassled a little bit stay home and watch it on tv or go to New York and watch it there….not to mention you ranger fans are notorious for hassling visiting opponents

      • brian32556 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

        Leave it to a Toronto fan to try and turn something nice into crap. Exactly what I am alluding to. A bunch of whining crybabies.

        Rooting for the Leafs or Habs in Ottawa! You’ll get what you deserve for sure LOL

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