LOS ANGELES — Do ya think he’s sexy?
Daniel Alfredsson will have one less thing to do to get ready for the all-star weekend when he gets home. He checked “hair cut” off his list Saturday.
“Somewhere around Rodeo Drive,” said the Senators captain. “We had lunch, then I did a radio interview, I walked a couple of blocks away just to get some peace, and I saw a hair salon, so I just went there.
“The guy said he cut Rod Stewart’s hair,” added Alfredsson, referring to the British rocker famous for such classics as Maggie May, Hot Legs, Tonight’s The Night and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy. “I thought, hmm, he’s got good hair. So why not?”
The topic of Alfredsson’s hair came up when he was asked, in the wake of freak accidents that have injured helmet-less players during the pre-game warmup this season, if he and other Senators have talked about donning headgear for the skate around. Alfredsson’s not in favour.
“When (former Senators GM) Marshall Johnston was here we had that in effect. He wanted everyone to wear a helmet. It all depends.
“It’s very flukey. I got a puck in the head once or twice ... I still think it’s a good thing, if guys want, to go without a helmet, like I do. For the fans who are down watching warmup, it lets them see you a lot differently maybe than before. (They can) tell you to get a haircut or not. I have no problem wearing no helmet in warmup, and I don’t feel anything can change that.”
The 39-year old Alfredsson was having a good time Sunday, like he has this entire season. He was one of the last players to leave the practice ice, spending extra time to work on one-timers with Andre Petersson and backhand flip-passes from behind the net to Kyle Turris. When Erik Karlsson had changed and was doing an interview with reporters near the boards, Alfredsson playfully and repeatedly fired the puck off the glass to interrupt. “That’s a young one,” Karlsson said, nodding to Alfredsson and laughing.
Later, when it was his turn with the media, Alfredsson was asked if he thought he might be about to play his last game in Los Angeles. If the league keeps the same schedule format, the Senators won’t be back for another two years.
“Who knows?” shrugged Alfredsson. “And if it is, it’s not like I’m going to take a picture. It is what it is. Same thing when we were in Toronto, earlier in this road trip, it was the last time we were in Toronto this year. If I don’t play next year, it could have been my last game in Toronto ... It doesn’t really affect anything.”
Coach Paul MacLean may try to have a conversation with Dan O’Rourke, when they next cross paths, about the ref’s claim Saturday afternoon that Erik Karlsson is a “diver.” But for Karlsson, the incident is over and done with. While he didn’t appreciate O’Rourke’s assertion, Karlsson spoke in defence of striped men on Sunday.
“I’ve been a ref myself,” said Karlsson, explaining that his experience was as a 10-15-year-old back home in Sweden, for tournaments played by kids younger than he. “I liked it a lot. I think it’s fun. It’s hard, and at this level it’s even harder. I know they’re going through a lot of stuff. I respect them a lot for what they do. It’s not easy being out there all the time and making hard decisions. They’re doing a good job at what they’re doing.”
Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes looked back over Karlsson’s history and discovered that in his three seasons, the Senators defenceman has been given one diving penalty — last year in Buffalo — and that it came with a second unsportsmanlike conduct minor.
“Yeah, I remember I also took another penalty after it for being mad,” said Karlsson. “(Refs) don’t have very much time to make a decision. It’s not going to be the right one all the time. Same thing for us. I make a couple of bad plays and poor decisions sometimes, It’s just human nature. No hard feelings after.”
WORKHORSE BACK IN
Craig Anderson will make his 13th consecutive start Monday and No. 14 could very well come Tuesday in Phoenix.
“I know we end up always saying the same guy, but we do evaluate it on a game-by-game basis,” said MacLean. “He’s played real well. We have a five-day break coming up. He can get lots of rest then.”
Backup Alex Auld has made 10 appearances but only played five complete games.