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Alfie needs to ‘give it a little time’ before deciding on future

May 27, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Daniel Alfredsson is 40 years old and without a contract for next season. But with the playoff loss to the Penguins still fresh, he’s not ready to decide today if he’ll back for another year as Senators captain.

“It’s been a mentally draining season with the schedule,” said Alfredsson, per Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes. “I just feel like I need to give it a little time.”

He can’t wait too long though. Soon, if he wants to keep playing, he’ll have to start training. And that, he says, takes a lot of dedication — something he’s not sure he has anymore.

Being away from his young family so often is tough, too.

“I love the game,” Alfredsson said Friday, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “I love to practice, I love to play games. I find the travel really tough with four young kids at home.

“That’s kind of where I struggle personally.”

All that said, if there’s one thing that could bring Alfredsson back, it may be a certain trophy he’s never hoisted.

  1. drone501 - May 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    he may have to get out of ottawa to do that.

  2. jacketsfan7 - May 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Sign with Pittsburgh if you want a cup

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Time to put on the slippers and enjoy family. He’s been a stellar player and the best C the Sens could have had over the course of his career there. 40 to 50 goes by in a flash, so he should take the time off now while he’s healthy. The next 82 game season is going to be brutal.

  4. agc99 - May 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Alfie needs to call Shero and inquire about a spot on the third line.

  5. alswingman - May 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    4 kids, he should have worn a bag. He has himself to blame.

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