Alfie nears return to Sens lineup

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

NEW YORK — The captain is inching closer to a return.

Daniel Alfredsson doesn’t want to pinpoint a date for his comeback from the shoulder injury he suffered Dec. 23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he told reporters in Ottawa he’ll join the team Friday in Montreal and hopes to return to the lineup next week.

“There’s no goal,” said Alfredsson when asked about a possible date for a comeback. “(I’ll take) the next few days and then practise with the team, hopefully, in Montreal either (Friday) or Saturday. Then I’ll know how close I am to returning.”

It should be noted that Alfredsson is just 31 games short of playing 1,000 in his career. If he returns by Jan. 21 against the St. Louis Blues, he’ll play No. 1,000 this season. He repeated he wouldn’t play for Sweden in next month’s Olympics if he’s not 100%.

‘Fortunate so far’

“I’ve been fortunate so far with this (injury). It’s gone well,” said Alfredsson. “Doing contact (is the next step). I feel pretty good shooting and moving around the ice, but nobody is there to hit me or check me. Once I do that and get some confidence doing that as well and feel like I can go into the corners with confidence, then I’ll know I’m ready.

“I don’t know if you can tell exactly ‘is today the perfect day or not?’ You just have to make sure you feel confident in game situations. Once I feel confident there, that’s when you know you’re ready.”


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