Does Daniel Alfredsson’s Return Make the Senators Northeast Division Favorites?

July 31st, 2012 by Eric Steitz Leave a reply »
Daniel Alfredsson has spent each of his first 16 seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Tuesday, he announced that he will return for a 17th.

Alfredsson has spent the offseason at home in Sweden but had been in contact with the Senators throughout the summer months. The Swede said that this was the right time to make the decision.

"I could probably have made my mind up a little quicker if I felt the team needed to know for whatever reason, but I also feel this is a good time. The training the last two weeks has gone into another phase, more heavy lifting, and that's gone well. I probably could have waited for another month [to decide], but this feels right," Alfredsson said in his interview with

The 39-year-old winger also told the Senators he could be coming into camp stronger than last season.

"My body feels a lot further ahead of where it was last year at this point," he said. "I expect to come into camp fitter and stronger than I did last year."

Obviously, the Sens are pleased to have their captain back for another year, especially if he can compete at a high level.

"I'm very, very excited," said Senators ...

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