OTTAWA - Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson plans to begin off-season workouts next week, looking to see if he has what it takes to return for another NHL season.
In an interview on The Team 1200, Alfredsson said he hopes to know where he stands when it comes to his playing status within two or three weeks.
"I'm going to try to start working out next week," said Alfredsson, who attended the Ringside for Youth charity amateur boxing event Thursday night at the CE Centre. "I think as that goes on for a few weeks, I think I'll know where my head is."
Alfredsson, 39, said he has to feel like he can play all roles effectively if he's to come back for another campaign.
"I don't want to be a passenger," he said, adding he has full support from his family to return. "I want to be an important part of the puzzle.
Alfredsson said he hopes the workouts go well, which would push him to play another year.
"The energy it really takes to put yourself through the workouts, is the will there?" Alfredsson said. "I hope it will be. I felt I played pretty well this year. Same thing at the world championship (with Sweden earlier this spring), I felt my legs were there and I enjoyed being out there."