Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ready for retirement.
The Senators’ 37-year-old captain confirmed Monday he’ll be back next season and will have surgery next week for a sports hernia he played with down the stretch run and throughout the first round of the playoffs.
“I’ll be back next year to try to get into the playoffs and to try to play for the Stanley Cup,” Alfredsson said at Scotiabank Place.
Alfredsson told reporters the injury started bothering him just after the Olympics and never got better.
“I talked to the doctors and I’ll most likely have surgery next week,” said Alfredsson, who added his recovery period will be 4-6 weeks. “It’s been gradually getting worse and worse. There’s not a lot of time to really rest and take care of it.
“It was still manageable to finish up the year. We’ll look after it now and I’ll be ready come the fall.”