Alfie's season feared finished

Ottawa Senators' captain, Daniel Alfredsson takes a slap shot during practice.  (Darren Brown/QMI...

Ottawa Senators' captain, Daniel Alfredsson takes a slap shot during practice. (Darren Brown/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:52 PM ET

BUFFALO — The Senators and their fans might have seen the last of captain Daniel Alfredsson this season.

Coach Cory Clouston told reporters Thursday that Alfredsson’s back injury hasn’t shown any progress, the possibility of surgery hasn’t been ruled out and he could be done for the year.

“I don’t know (if he’ll play). There’s a possibility that he won’t be, but there’s a possibility that he could play in a week,” said Clouston.

“I don’t think it will require (surgery), but that’s always a possibility. That’s kind of what we’re waiting for. We’re just making sure we’re not questioning anything. We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing, not only for right now, but for the future.”

The Senators left for Buffalo short-handed and they’ll have to recall two players from Binghamton on Friday to suit up against the Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Winger Chris Neil (lower body) won’t play, but could suit up on Saturday against the Flyers at Scotiabank Place.

D Sergei Gonchar (lower body) won’t return until next week, while C Jesse Winchester isn’t ready to come back from his knee injury, either.

D Erik Karlsson, who missed Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Florida, should be ready to return from his upper body ailment. Andre Benoit was sent down.

G Craig Anderson, who is expected to start in Buffalo, wasn’t on the ice for practice because he was given a maintenance day. G Robin Lehner left practice in Ottawa with what appeared to be a leg injury, but made the trip.

— Bruce Garrioch


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