Swede plans have a sour ending

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

There will be no Senators' reunion in Sweden.

Wade Redden planned to join captain Daniel Alfredsson with the Swedish league club Frolunda, but team official Christer Kellgen said yesterday he told the Senators defenceman that it couldn't use him.

Redden was supposed to be en route from Calgary to Ottawa yesterday with the intention of flying to Sweden in the next few days, but he does have other options -- including a team in Lausanne, Switzerland, that is looking for a blueliner.

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Frolunda, which is in first place in the Swedish league, didn't have room to add Redden, Kellgen said.

"We said no thank you to (Redden)," he said. "He would make the team. He is a good player, but there is simply no room at the moment. We have seven good defencemen who have been here all season and who do we cut off? But if things change and he is still up for grabs later, we might talk."

Redden said he was disappointed by the news.

"I spoke with Alfie and he told me the team just doesn't want to upset its chemistry and they've got enough defence," Redden said from Calgary. "It's too bad. I was looking forward to going.

"I don't know what I'm going to do now. You get over there and you're going to have to practice for a couple of weeks before you can play. I guess we'll see. I'd like to get playing, but I might just forget it and wait until next year."

Meanwhile, Alfredsson told a Swedish reporter yesterday he will suit up Jan. 18 in his first game with Frolunda in his hometown of Goteborg against Lulea.

"It will be great to play again, especially since it will be against the best team in the league and in front of the largest crowd. That's every athlete's dream," said Alfredsson, who has been skating an extra 30 minutes daily.

But Alfredsson said he feels sorry for hockey fans in Ottawa who apparently won't get a chance to see the Senators play this season.

"I know they love hockey and miss it," he said. "It's easy to tell. You go out on a street in Ottawa and all kinds of people come up to you and say they miss the games Saturday night. That's young kids, 70-year-old women and all kinds of people.

"But the talk is now they might have to wait until December to see any NHL hockey and that would be sad."


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