|Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson against the Washington Capitols during the third period at Scotiabank Place Nov. 10. (Blair Gable/Sun Media)
Daniel Alfredsson could get a chance to start the season on real home ice next season.
A league source confirmed to the Sun last night that the Senators are negotiating with the NHL to open the season Oct. 4-5 at the Globen Arena in Stockholm.
Reports in Swedish newspapers yesterday indicated the club's opponent would be Sidney Crosby's Penguins, but negotiations are ongoing with the NHL.
While the Senators had been linked to a game in Prague, it's believed the NHL has turned its focus to a Lightning-Rangers matchup because of the Czech connection with New York's Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka.
Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar had no comment.
Christian Lechtaler, who is responsible for the sports events at Globen Arena, said in an interview with the newspaper Expressen that it's premature to confirm the Senators and Penguins will open the season in Sweden.
"We're not going to make any comments before we know for sure that we have an event in our building and we're not there yet," said Lechtaler.