OTTAWA - Is Daniel Alfredsson getting close to making a career decision?
By the sounds of it on Wednesday, the answer is yes.
In Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Boston, the 39-year-old Alfredsson looked like he was 29 again. He, centre Kyle Turris and left winger Nick Foligno formed the Senators’ best line as they buzzed the Bruins zone throughout the game.
A day later, after an up-tempo practice, Alfredsson admitted he was jacked from the love shown him by Senators fans during all-star weekend.
“Getting a few days off and not skating a lot helped,” he said. “I definitely think I fed off the energy Saturday and Sunday here in the building. There’s no question I still haven’t come down totally yet. It was fun to play (Tuesday). I felt like I did have my legs and skating pretty good. Hopefully, that can continue.”
Alfredsson couldn’t stop grinning as he spoke about being captain of an all-star team in his adopted hometown.
“After a couple of days of reflecting, it was an unbelieveable weekend,” he said. “I don’t think I did it justice describing it Sunday night. I’d like to thank everybody who made this weekend possible and made me feel so good. It was tremendous.”
At the conclusion of the game, Alfredsson was prompted by CBC’s Elliotte Friedman to make the fans weekend by telling them he would play again in 2012-13. After a long pause, he announced that he could answer 50% yes, but the other 50% was up to his wife, Bibi.
Asked Wednesday if he had talked to her about it since, he chuckled.
“I have not yet. Should I?” he said, adding that Bibi hadn’t brought up his interview with Friedman. “No, she hasn’t (asked) yet actually. It’s been busy. We’ve had a number of friends over. I don’t even know if she even heard it.
“We’ll talk about it in the next couple of days, I believe.”
THIS AND THAT
Jason Spezza disputes talk that the Senators, being a young and inexperienced team, might start letting questionable calls by officials get into their heads and affect their play. “With a young team, you just tell guys to kind of shut your yap, we’re not going to say anything and we’re just going to play and prove to whatever is going on that we’re an honest, hard working team,” he said. “We feel if we do that and just keep our mouth shut we’ll get calls, we’ll get the respect.” All part of the learning process, said Spezza. “Some refs you know you can talk to a little bit more, get in their face, and others, we have to know just to leave alone,” he said. “It’s part of being a young team, learning how to deal with officiating, too. We probably haven’t done as good a job as we should of or can do and now we’ll just work on that part of our game, too.” ... According to reports, LW Nikita Filatov has been demoted by his KHL team after scoring two goals and two assists in 12 games. Filatov, whose NHL rights are owned by the Senators, is now in the MHL, which is a junior league for players 17-21 years olds ... D Chris Phillips missed practice Wednesday with a lower-body injury sustained when he was hit by a shot in the Bruins game. He is expected to be back on the ice Thursday ... D Brian Lee (lower body) is expected to be available at some point this weekend ... Don’t include D Erik Karlsson on the list of Ottawa residents who don’t like NHL refs much these days. “I’ve been around for a few years and I recognize all the guys now I think, so I think about now I’ve talked to everyone,” he said. “They’re all nice guys, so I always say hi.” Karlsson says he hasn’t chatted to Dan O’Rourke about why the latter called him a diver? “I mean, I don’t think there’s too much to say about it, either. At least from my side. I’m done and over with it. I think he feels the same way.” ... LW Erik Condra skated on the first line with Spezza and Milan Michalek Wednesday, while Colin Greening assumed his spot on the third line. Same formations are expected at practice Thursday. Condra was less adamant than many others when asked if he thought Milan Lucic should have been given a penalty for hitting him from behind Tuesday. “I think it could have been,” said Condra. “He’s a big man and he runs into me, I don’t know if he’s trying to hit me from behind or anything ... but those are tough calls, especially in the middle of the ice.”