OTTAWA - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson might need some time to decide if he'll play in the NHL again, but he's made one decision: Alfie will join Team Sweden at the World Hockey Championships.
The Senators captain confirmed Sunday night he will fly to Sweden Wednesday and play at the world championships that open Friday in Stockholm and Helsinki, Finland.
Alfredsson said this has nothing to do with his decision on whether he'll play next season. The 39-year-old reiterated to the International Ice Hockey Federation's website he'll decide on his NHL future in the next couple of weeks.
"These are two separate things," said Alfredsson. "I will make the decision a couple of weeks after the World Championship."
Alfredsson said he just feels like he has some more hockey left in him after the Senators were eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Rangers in Game 7 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Alfredsson won't be the only Senator competing for Sweden.
Defenceman Erik Karlsson has resolved his insurance issues and will fly to Stockholm Friday to suit up for his homeland.
Karlsson, 21, the NHL’s top-scoring defenceman this season, had to get the Swedish Federation to buy him insurance because he is a pending restricted free agent this summer and can’t afford to risk playing without coverage.
Alfredsson missed a week of the Rangers series after suffering a concussion and said he feels rested.
"Immediately when we were eliminated from the playoffs, I spoke with Erik Karlsson and asked him how he feels about going to the World Championship," said Alfredsson. "I told him that I myself feel good about it. This week when I was off with the concussion made that I feel rested now and ready to go."
According to the IIHF website, Alfredsson will become the oldest player since defenceman Borje Salming, 38, to suit up for the country in the modern era. Alfredsson won a gold medal with Sweden in 2006 at the Olympics.
Alfredsson said he has to give credit to his wife Bibbi for making the trip. She gave her blessing and has to take care of their four children while he is overseas.
"Family was a big part of the decision as my wife will have to carry all the weight alone for a couple of weeks, but they may come to Stockholm for the last week," said Alfredsson.
"Being able to go back to the place where my career really started was a big part of the decision. Everything just took off after the 1995 championship and I signed with the Senators after the tournament."
The Swedes will play their home games at the Globen Arena. Alfredsson noted he has never won a world championship.