Boos don't matter to me: Alfie

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:31 PM ET


 Daniel Alfredsson is Public Enemy No. 1 in Toronto.

 But he couldn't care less about it.

 The Senators captain doesn't understand why he's booed every time he touches the puck at the Air Canada Centre. And he insisted yesterday he didn't hear any Toronto fans giving him the Bronx cheer Saturday night at the Corel Centre.

 But Alfredsson is excited about playing the Leafs again in the Battle of Ontario, even if it means going back to a place where there's no chance of him winning a popularity contest.

 "I don't know if it's that bad," said Alfredsson. "I know there's a good rivalry between the two teams. Whenever I'm walking around the streets of Toronto, it's not like anybody is saying anything to me. (Toronto fans) don't talk to me."

 Toronto fans haven't forgotten the night Alfredsson slammed winger Darcy Tucker into the boards in Game 5 of their series against the Leafs two years ago. Tucker missed the final two games of that set with a shoulder injury.

 Leafs coach Pat Quinn fanned the flames a couple of months ago when he told reporters Alfredsson "should have been banned from the league for life" for the hit on Tucker (the NHL didn't see fit to suspend the Ottawa captain).

 Alfredsson didn't help matters back on Jan. 5 at the ACC. After breaking his stick during the third period, Alfredsson feigned tossing it into the stands -- a clear reference to an incident involving Leafs captain Mats Sundin, who was suspended for that game after he flung his stick over the glass against the Nashville Predators.

 Toronto fans didn't find Alfredsson's act funny and they let him know it on talk radio shows.

 "You can't take back anything you do and it's not something I think about," said Alfredsson, who did regret the joke. "I was surprised by the reaction."

 Alfredsson shrugs it all off and goes about his business.

 "He's a guy who competes hard," said defenceman Wade Redden. "I wouldn't say he's cocky or anything. He's confident and he doesn't worry about any of that stuff.

 "He plays the game hard and he gives everything he's got."


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