Foligno: Brighter days ahead

Senators Nick Foligno (left) and Daniel Alfredsson were at Tuesday's press conference to introduce...

Senators Nick Foligno (left) and Daniel Alfredsson were at Tuesday's press conference to introduce new coach Paul MacLean (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

GM Bryan Murray wanted a coach players could approach.

The first impression is he got one in Paul MacLean.

“It’s so important nowadays,” Senators winger Nick Foligno said when asked about the communication lines in the dressing room. “I think to a guy, we’re all pretty smart players and we need to be able to communicate to our coaching staff. Not to say that we’re right ... at the end of the day he has the final decision, but at least we can talk it through and feel like we’re a part of it. Before, maybe that wasn’t the case.

“It’s definitely brighter days ahead for us. We’re looking forward to getting going with him and learning from him.”

Daniel Alfredsson said he doesn’t know much about MacLean, but that Murray “went through the process with me” of hiring the former Red Wings assistant.

“If you look at the way Detroit plays ... a good team that has a lot of skill, but at the same time they’re a really good defensive team,” said Alfredsson. “They play with the puck as much as they can, and I can see us doing the same thing.”

Alfredsson says it’s obvious MacLean brings with him a strong philosophy.

“We want to go in the right direction, and we’ll be all ears,” he said.

Alfredsson shaping up after surgery

Daniel Alfredsson is showing no visible signs of the operation he had to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve in his back last Friday.

At Tuesday’s press conference to introduce new coach Paul MacLean, the Senators captain is still confident he’ll be good to go come training camp.

“Surgery went really well,” he said. “I feel better than I thought I would. Give it a few more weeks and we’ll know exactly where I am, but so far it’s been really good. Right now, I’m just stretching a little bit and taking it easy.

“I haven’t had a lot of pain at all since the surgery. I think when I start rehabbing more, lifting a little bit of weights, I can compare it to the way it felt before, and I’ll know better in two weeks. But so far it’s been good.”


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