Redden has Swede tooth

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Travelling to Sweden may be the only way fans will get to see their favourite Senators play hockey this winter.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson told the Sun following yesterday's NHLPA meetings with player agents he'll likely be joined by Ottawa teammate Wade Redden in Frolunda if the NHL collective bargaining agreement dispute isn't settled by January.

Alfredsson, who agreed to a contract with Frolunda in his home town of Goteborg in September, won't start playing overseas until the NHL season is officially cancelled, and there's a chance Redden will also suit up for Frolunda.

"I've talked Redden about playing with me. It would be great if we're not going to get the chance to play here," said Alfredsson. "We'll see what happens. It would be fun. That would make for a pretty good power play."

Redden said last night he's open to the idea.

"It's something I'd think about. We've talked about it and we're going to see," said the Senators defenceman. "Obviously, I'm going to get to a point where I'm going to get sick of waiting around here and I'm going to want to go play. (Playing in Sweden) is definitely a possibility. It would be fun."

Alfredsson and Redden would bump the number of Senators playing in Sweden to five. Defencemen Zdeno Chara (Farjestad) and Chris Phillips (Gavle) and winger Marian Hossa (Mora) all agreed to play overseas for the time being.

Redden had been receiving his $4.5-million US salary so far this season because of a shoulder injury he suffered while playing for Canada at the World Cup. But since he was given medical clearance to return to the ice on Tuesday, Redden joins his fellow locked-out NHLers who won't receive pay cheques until a new CBA is in place.

Alfredsson, meanwhile, said there's no sense in going overseas until NHL commissioner Gary Bettman officially cancels the season and that's expected to happen some time around mid-December. A vice-president on the NHLPA's seven-player executive committee, Alfredsson says the only way there will be an NHL season this year is if the league changes its mind about a salary cap.

"We're not going to accept (a cap)," said Alfredsson. "You hope that something can get done. We've always said that we're willing to negotiate a fair deal. There's still time to make a deal, but we're running out of time."

After spending a month in Spain on an extended honeymoon/vacation with new bride Bibi Bachman and son Hugo, Alfredsson has returned to Ottawa and is getting ready to move into a new home in Kanata.

Alfredsson said he will remain in the nation's capital until just before Christmas. He has been invited to take part in a tour by International Management Group through Europe in December, but will only compete in the games played in Sweden.

"I'm going to be busy and I've also got to make sure I'm available for my responsibilities with the (union)," said Alfredsson.


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