Sens captain feeling better

Daniel Alfredsson sees no pressing needs for the Senators to address before camp. (QMI Agency/Tony...

Daniel Alfredsson sees no pressing needs for the Senators to address before camp. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

Fully recovered from surgery on a sports hernia, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says he's already been skating for 2 1/2 weeks in preparation for the upcoming season.

"I started earlier this year than I normally do, just to try it out and get on the ice a little bit more," Alfredsson said early Wednesday morning on a conference call from Toronto, where he's attending the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit. "I'm feeling pretty good actually. Looking forward to coming back to Ottawa in a week and getting ready for the season."

Alfredsson, who suffered the injury before February, but had it worsen after playing in the Vancouver Olympics, spoke at the Summit about his thoughts on players participating in the Games.

"I see it as very important that NHL players keep going to the Olympics," said the 37-year-old Swede. "It's a great experience for an athlete, playing for your country, playing against the best players in the world on that kind of stage. It's pretty amazing."/p>

Alfredsson says the Senators will miss defenceman Anton Volchenkov, who signed with New Jersey as a free agent last month, but the addition of veteran blueliner Sergei Gonchar will be a huge plus.

He sees no other pressing needs for the team to address before camp.

"I think we're pretty well stocked right now," said Alfredsson. "We've just got to come together as quick as possible and hopefully get off to a good start. Everybody knows that it's a battle from Game 1 and throughout the whole season."


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