Alfredsson nearing return?

Daniel Alfredsson skates up ice during Ottawa Senators' training camp at the Bell Sensplex...

Daniel Alfredsson skates up ice during Ottawa Senators' training camp at the Bell Sensplex September 17, 2011. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

OTTAWA - Surely, Wednesday was circled on somebodys calendar, with the New York Rangers coming to town.

And maybe there was a bit of payback on the minds of a couple of Senators.

The object of the payback: Public Enemy No. 1 Wojtek Wolski the Ranger whose hit knocked Daniel Alfredsson silly and right out of the Senators lineup.

But Wolski, in the meantime, suffered an injury of his own. Sports hernia surgery will sideline him for a month. At least, hell save himself a punch in the chops.

And while Wolski spends time nursing his own wounds, the return of Alfredsson could be near. The Senators captain skated for a second straight day Tuesday and had testing to see where he stands in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome.

While he wont play Wednesday at Scotiabank Place, dont rule out the possibility of the 38-year-old Alfredsson joining the team on its five-game road trip that starts Friday against the Sabres.

Hes feeling a lot better, actually, Senators GM Bryan Murray told the Team 1200. I just had him in here about an hour ago and talked to him briefly. He feels real good, he said, and it just kind of cleared up in the last couple of days.

He did the baseline test and well see how soon he can come back. We at least have a light at the end of the tunnel with Daniel and, hopefully, it wont be too far down the road.

Alfredsson wont get the results until Wednesday morning, but if he passes, he could start skating with the club immediately. From there, it will be up to him to decide when hes ready to play.

If he passes the test and hits all the protocols with the baseline test, then yes, it would be reasonable to expect he would practise with the team and be ready to play when he says he is ready, said coach Paul MacLean.

Wed have to make a decision after both of us had a conversation, but if he tells us hes ready to play, wed probably believe him. Hes a pretty reasonable guy and he hasnt skated for 10 days, so Im not sure hed come in after one practice and say hes ready to play.

I think hed give himself two or three practices before he says hes ready to go. Hes in good physical shape. Its going to take a couple of practices to get up to speed. We just have to make sure that hes ready to go.

There had been talk about retribution against Wolski, who elbowed Alfredsson in the head Oct. 29 in New York.

Its the first time weve played them since the incident. It was a while ago, but we still feel it was a dirty hit, said centre Zack Smith. We didnt agree with the fact there wasnt a suspension, but it is what it is.


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