Alfie wants Cup to flow

Ottawa Senator Captain Daniel Alfredsson sits at Capones West Restaurant in Ottawa Tuesday...

Ottawa Senator Captain Daniel Alfredsson sits at Capones West Restaurant in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon. Daniel was having a sit down with reporters in a file photo. (SUN/Tony Caldwel)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

Now that Daniel Alfredsson knows what it's like to win a hockey championship, he wants to experience a bigger prize more than ever.

After capturing the Swedish Elite League crown with his home-town club in Goteborg, the Senators captain wants to win a Stanley Cup.

"It was great to do it in Sweden -- nothing bad against being home -- but the NHL is where all the best players are," said Alfredsson, who returned to Ottawa last weekend.

He arrived in town sporting his latest hairstyle -- or lack of one --a shaved head.

Alfredsson helped Frolunda win the Swedish championship, and some 30,000 fans turned out for a victory celebration.

But Alfredsson thinks the Swedish party would be nothing compared to the outpouring of emotion in Ottawa if the Senators could win the Stanley Cup.

"The city went nuts for a day. But if we won in Ottawa, I think the city would embrace it for the whole summer," said Alfredsson. "I think I'd have to leave the country after a couple of weeks."

Not that Alfredsson has any plans to vacate Ottawa.

The Senators renegotiated Alfredsson's contract in March of 2004, giving the captain a five-year deal worth $32.5 million (all terms US), plus an incentives option that could keep him in Ottawa for an additional three seasons.

The new CBA, however, has knocked 24% off all player contracts and the advent of a salary cap -- $39 million US for the upcoming season -- means a team might want to dump a high-priced star like Alfredsson to make room for less expensive players.

Alfredsson said those issues aren't a concern to him.

"I'm not the guy who worries too much of what can happen or what might happen," he said. "I'm getting prepared for this year and play for Ottawa. There's a lot of things that could happen, but I'm happy where I am and I want to do my best for Ottawa."

Alfredsson hopes the team can come to an agreement with winger Marian Hossa, who isn't pleased with an offer of $8 million over two seasons.

"If he gets a deal worked out with Ottawa or he ends up going to arbitration, he's going to do whatever's best for the team," said Alfredsson.

"There's no question about it. That's the kind of character he is. I don't expect anything else from him, either."

Hossa faced Alfredsson in one game last year in the Swedish Elite League. He scored 18 goals and 14 assists in 24 games for Mora.

"He tore up the league. He tore it up when he was there," said Alfredsson.

A FAMILIAR FACE: The Senators signed three players to one-year contracts, including Gatineau native Steve Martins who returns to the organization for a third time. The 33-year-old centre played 28 games for the Sens in 2001-02 and 2002-03 before being traded to the Blues. During last year's lockout, he played in the Finnish league ... Also signed were 23-year-old Ottawa native and LW Brett Clouthier, a former OHL tough guy with the Kingston Frontenacs, and Slovakian D Tomas Malec, who played last year with Cincinnati of the AHL.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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