Sens re-sign Alfie

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Senators have re-signed captain Daniel Alfredsson to a new four-year contract, essentially ensuring the 35-year-old Swede will finish his career in Ottawa.

The team made the announcement Thursday in Sunrise, Fla., ahead of their game against the Florida Panthers.

Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available but the Ottawa Sun reported that the contract is worth US$22 million.

“The Senators organization and the city of Ottawa have embraced both me and my family as part of this community,” Alfredsson said in a statement. “It’s an exciting time for our family to know that we’ll be able to spend the rest of my NHL career in Ottawa.”

The move means most of the team’s core players are now locked up long-term. Top forwards Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher all signed lengthy deals last year while top defenceman Chris Phillips is in the fold through the 2010-11 season.

Alfredsson’s current deal would have expired at the end of this season if he appeared in 70 games or put up 70 points.

Alfredsson, who has three goals and six assists through eight games, has spent his entire career with the Senators.

“With today’s signing, I deliver on a promise to our fans and to Daniel that I would make him a Senator for life,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Daniel’s leadership and on-ice skills make him one of the best all around players in the National Hockey League and I’m delighted that he will remain an integral part of the Senators organization.”

Alfredsson has 334 goals and 856 points in 861 career regular-season games with the team.

“Daniel is the type of person and player that we want to continue building this franchise around,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We are happy to have him here to lead our team towards the goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Ottawa.”

A five-time NHL all-star, Alfredsson won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1996 and was nominated for the 2004 Lady Bing Trophy as the player demonstrating the most sportsmanship and playing ability.

The winger has represented his native Sweden internationally on 12 occasions, highlighted by his Olympic gold-medal win in 2006.


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