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Was this Daniel Alfredsson’s last stand? If so, he’s proud of his team

Apr 26, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

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After seeing his team drop a hard-fought Game 7 in New York, Daniel Alfredsson wore his heart on his sleeve talking about what may have been his last ride in the NHL. One thing’s for sure, he’s not ready to think about it now.

“I’ll take some time, obviously, see how I feel physically and mentally after time off. But this year has been unbelievable,” Alfredsson said.

While he may have been disappointed, Alfredsson could at least get a one-liner through in a somber Senators locker room.

“I had a lot of fun and it’s been a great group of guys to be a part of. They’ve kept me upbeat and happy when I’m a grumpy old man at times. They’ve made this year very enjoyable for me.”

Alfredsson’s season may have ended in disappointing fashion, but he had a renaissance of sorts scoring 27 goals and ending the year with 59 points. He might be 39, but he’s not playing like it.

Seeing him after the game though, you could tell this was a hard loss to take even though the Sens have lost Game 7s before during his tenure in Ottawa.

“I think it’s easier as you get older where you know you give everything you have,” Alfredsson explained.

“When it’s done, it’s done. The worst thing you can have is if you feel ‘I should’ve done this and that’ and didn’t give everything you had, then you feel pretty bad. But this group, we can definitely hold our heads high. We battled hard the whole year to even get to the playoffs and we battled these guys to the finish line.”

  1. ray2013 - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I hope he comes back for one more year.

  2. mrpigs - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    I respect the guy, had a good year and as a rangers fan I hope he comes back for 1 more year

  3. lonespeed - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I heard that fter referring to his team as ‘they’ he apparently stepped on the logo of a jersey someone had left on the lockeroom floor after the loss.

  4. sens101 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Come back for one more year Alfie!

    Callahan reminds me of a younger Alfredsson the way he has been developing the last few years and if he continues to develop in similar fashion, I have no doubt that the rangers will have a great leader that leads by example on the ice for years to come.

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