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Report: Alfredsson working out in Sweden, contract discussions ongoing

Jul 29, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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Some big developments on the Daniel Alfredsson front, courtesy Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

The good news is the Sun has confirmed the Senators captain is working out near his home in Gotenburg, Sweden as discussions between GM Bryan Murray and agent J.P. Barry continue to get a one-year extension in place.

The 39-year-old Alfredsson hasn’t made a final decision on whether he’s going to play next season, but it’s fair to say it’s looking good and it shouldn’t be much longer before he announces whether he’ll return or retire.

Just the fact Alfredsson is in the gym is a positive sign for the franchise and its fans. He told the Sun last season he had to make sure “the fire still burned” to do the off-season workouts required to get ready to play.

Alfredsson has served as Ottawa’s captain since 1999 and shown little signs of decline. He scored 27 goals last year — his highest total since potting 40 in 2007-08 — and appeared in 75 games, averaging 19 minutes per night.

The key point now, it seems, is how long he’ll play for. Alfredsson’s signed for 2012-13 with a $4.875 million cap hit, but his actual salary is only $1 million.

Given Ottawa’s turnaround, last year’s surprise playoff berth, a stellar crop of young Sens prospects and the league’s newfound approach to signing older players (see: Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne) it stands to reason Alfredsson could play multiple years, not just one.

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  1. coconutman1 - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Probably a bandwagoner here, but I really enjoyed watching the Sens last year. Kinda forgot about Spezza up there and became a quick fan of Karlsson. I was rooting for them against the Rangers and thought they looked pretty good later in the season. Excited to see the prospects come up, just hope they stay out of our division with relocation looming soon.

  2. earlcpeacock - Jul 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    thats ok coconut, philthadelphians bandwagon jump all the time.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This can only help Mika Zibanejad progress next season, going to challenge for the Calder

  4. blomfeld - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    HEJA SVERIGE !

    kom igen da Alfred … du ar fardigt har i Canada … gor inte det som Mats ha gjort har i Vancouver … ja visst, det blir battre om du stanna hem i Sverige … vanliga halsingar … Blomfeld :)

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