OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson canít even play with his kids, let alone think about playing hockey again anytime soon.
The Senators captain looked fine as he faced the media Thursday at Scotiabank Place for the first time since suffering a concussion Saturday against the New York Rangers, but he didnít sound optimistic about rejoining the Senators in the near future.
The 38-year-old Alfredsson is still woozy after taking a shot to the head from New York Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski last Saturday and isnít even willing to discuss a return date.
Alfredsson said he gets dizzy and tired playing with his four children at his west-end home. He hasnít done any physical activity since the incident and none is yet planned.
ďItís OK. Not great. Itís the first time Iíve had a concussion and it feels different,Ē said Alfredsson. ďI havenít really had any headaches, which is good, but I still have symptoms. I havenít done any exercise since Saturday.
ďNo, I donít think you can (put a time frame on a return). If I do too much at home with the kids, I get light-headed and a little dizzy. Iíve got to sit down for a bit and then I feel OK again. Until thatís gone, Iím not going to do anything physically.Ē
Alfredsson didnít agree NHL VP Brendan Shanahanís decision not to suspend Wolski. The two had a discussion by telephone after it was made and while the talk was good they agreed to disagree.
ď(Shanahan) explained their position and the process they went through with not going any further with this. I said I understood,Ē said Alfredsson. ďI donít totally agree, but I think no matter what they do, theyíre going to get s--t.
ďI thought (Wolski) maybe could avoided the whole situation and (Shanahan) think itís accidental. I have no problem with their decision.Ē
Alfredsson, who tried to remove some heat from the league by taking some responsibility for allowing himself to get hit, said Wolski should have been more careful and felt there was intent to do damage.
ďI donít think his intention was to hit me in the head, but Iíve seen it a few times, and I think he tried to lean into me a little bit,Ē said Alfredsson. ďIt wasnít a blatant elbow, but something hit me in the side of the head. I donít think itís a dirty play, but I think it could have been averted.Ē
Alfredsson said at first he was encouraged that he wasnít going to be out long. Not so much now.
ďItís been different in the way I feel. I woke up the next day without a headache and I thought, ĎOK, this is good.í Iím going in the right direction,Ē said Alfredsson. ďAs soon as I do a little too much, I get symptoms. Itís a different feeling. Like I said, it hasnít gotten any worse. Iím hoping in a few more days itís going to be a lot better.
ďI donít have headaches. At times during the day. I feel great. I feel really good but if I exert myself a little too much or do a little too much Iíve got to sit down until I feel better again. Until that goes away, I wonít know for sure, but Iím hoping soon.Ē