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Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson discusses his shoulder injury yesterday at Scotiabank Place....

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson discusses his shoulder injury yesterday at Scotiabank Place. Alfredsson, who will be out of action for 4-6 weeks, said he wont play for Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics unless he is 100% healthy. (Bruce Garrioch/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Bryan Murray doesnt want to endure another Olympic nightmare.

After losing goaltender Dominik Hasek with a injury when he suited up for the Czech Republic at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, the Senators GM confirmed to the Sun yesterday that he has concerns about captain Daniel Alfredsson suiting up for Sweden at the Vancouver Games in February.

While the separated shoulder Alfredsson suffered last week is expected to keep him out of action 4-6 weeks, the Senators dont want their best player going to the Olympics if hes not fully recovered.

Hes such a valuable player to us, said Murray. We have an agreement that well participate in the Olympics, but with Alfie its going to be depending on when he comes back and how healthy he really is at that time. We have to have concerns.

The Senators lost Hasek with a mysterious adductor injury in 2006 and he never played another game for Ottawa. With Murray behind the bench, the Senators were eliminated in five games in the second round of the playoffs by the Sabres because a young Ray Emery wasnt ready to shoulder the load.

We lost, probably, our best chance to win a Stanley Cup by what happened to Dominik Hasek, said Murray. We can say all we want, but if we had him in the net, the confidence level and the performance level certainly would have been better. I thought we had that kind of team ... We have a history and thats why we have a major concern, without a doubt.

Alfredsson, who helped Sweden win gold in Turin, was one of 23 players named to help the country defend its title when the roster was announced yesterday in Stockholm. He hopes hell be back quickly so it doesnt become and issue.

Hes from Canada, isnt he? said Alfredsson with a smile when asked about Murrays worries.

Turning serious, Alfredsson said hell only play in the Olympics if hes healthy.

Its not going to be a decision where if Im 50/50 Ill go anyway, said Alfredsson. Im only going to go if I feel I can play 100% and help the team. Im sure they dont want me to go, either, if Im not playing games (for Ottawa) and playing fully before. I dont see that being an issue at all.

Its 4-6 weeks. Ive never had a shoulder injury before. Well see how it heals up and Im sure that decision will take care of itself. Hopefully, thats something we dont even have to take into consideration.

The Olympics start in seven weeks. If Alfredsson is going to be 100%, hell have to play for Ottawa to get ready. Murray has an idea how many games hed like the captain to play before he leaves for Vancouver.

Hes such a loyal organization guy, were certainly not going to say no to him, even if its only in the last week (before the Games) that he comes back. Id like to hope that if hes going to play (with Sweden), that he gets four or five games minimum with us before it happens, said Murray.

Our concern is for people in our organization and for people who are being paid a contract by our team. Well see. I know one thing about Alfie: If hes healthy, hell play for us and he will not jeopardize anything here by going to the Olympics, instead of waiting.

Alfredsson said he wasnt surprised by the diagnosis.

I was hoping for better, but I knew from the beginning it was going to be about a month, said Alfredsson. I just approach (injuries) the same way every time and hope you can get back as quick as you can.


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