Alfredsson pain-free after back surgery

The Ottawa Senators announced the launch of their 20th anniversary season at the Bell Sensplex in...

The Ottawa Senators announced the launch of their 20th anniversary season at the Bell Sensplex in Ottawa Thursday Aug 4, 2011. Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson talked to the media Thursday. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:56 AM ET

OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson will put his back to the test next week.

The Senators captain told reporters he’s feeling much better and isn’t having any pain after having surgery to repair his back on June 10, but he’s got to take a skate to make sure everything is OK.

Alfredsson said he’ll try without equipment first but expects to be ready for training camp in September.

“I’m good. Rehab is going well. I’ll start skating next week,” said Alfredsson following a press conference Thursday morning at the Bell Sensplex.

“That’s going to be another step in the process and I’m looking forward to it.”

Alfredsson, who was forced to stop playing because of the injury in February, said there haven’t been any setbacks.

“Everything is on schedule. The workouts are going well so everything should be fine,” said Alfredsson.


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