Sens Swede on Forsberg

Daniel Alfredsson would love to see free agent Peter Forsberg in a Senators jersey. (Sun Media...

Daniel Alfredsson would love to see free agent Peter Forsberg in a Senators jersey. (Sun Media File/Blair Gable)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

GRAVENHURST -- Daniel Alfredsson isn't one to kiss and tell.

The Senators captain insisted yesterday that he hasn't called unrestricted free-agent centre Peter Forsberg to try to coax his fellow Swede to sign with Ottawa, but Alfredsson said, "if I do call, I'm going to keep quiet."

"He may have already called (Forsberg)," centre Jason Spezza said yesterday during the Senators' retreat to cottage country.

"If you can add a Peter Forsberg to your team, you'd welcome it. Especially a team like us. We feel like we're going to make a real run at (the Stanley Cup). I'm sure if we feel we can get a guy like that, we're going to explore our options."

As reported by the Sun yesterday, Forsberg is getting close to making a decision on where he'll play and there's no question Ottawa is at the top of the list of suitors.

While Colorado, Philadelphia and Detroit are among other teams reportedly interested in Forsberg, the Otawa players want the 34-year-old to know they'd welcome him.

"With his credentials and his ability to be a winner wherever he's been, he's without question one of the best players in the world," said Alfredsson, who has played alongside Forsberg for Sweden at numerous international events.

"He would be a great fit anywhere. If you look at our team, he'd obviously make us a lot better. His performance in the playoffs (makes him attractive) because he's always performed his best in the playoffs and he makes the players around him better.

"That's what teams look at. He's had some injuries, but if he's healthy for the playoffs, anybody can live with that especially with him being rested up and ready."

COACH BIG ON STAR

Senators coach John Paddock said he'd have no problem finding a place in his lineup for Forsberg, who split last season with the Flyer and Predators and recording 65 points in 67 games.

"Like (Leafs captain Mats) Sundin said, he's won. I don't think you can ever have enough people on your team who have won if you're trying to win," said Paddock. "Philadelphia's record was substantially better with him in the lineup. Is he (still) a premier player? Maybe not (because of all injuries he's suffered), but he's darn close to it. He's pretty well the all-around package."

Paddock said he's not worried if the club loses out in the Forsberg sweepstakes because he's confident GM Bryan Murray wouldn't be afraid to go the trade route.

However, Paddock pointed out just because the club has got off to an 8-1 start, the Senators need to keep winning if a player like Forsberg or a pending unrestricted free agent would be willing to take a chance on Ottawa.

"Bryan is going to get us a top six forward. That's his history as a manager and he wants one," said Paddock. "If a player is going to be traded or the team needs permission to move him, the record is very important to try and take a run at somebody.


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