OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson says this could be his last Cup chase.
The Senators captain has one year left on his contract, but at 39, he’s not sure he’s going to get another chance to play in the playoffs. So as Ottawa prepares to face the Rangers, he can’t wait for he challenge.
Ottawa hasn’t been in the post-season since 2010 and Alfredsson isn’t sure this chance is going to come along again in his career.
“I look at it as it could be my last playoffs,” Alfredsson said Monday. “I’m going to treat it as such. Who knows even if I play next year if we’re going to get back into the playoffs?
“You just want to make sure that you enjoy it and make the most of it. You’ve got to play your hearts out and don’t leave anything wanting at the end of it.”
Alfredsson, who would be paid $1 million next season, said he won’t make a decision until the end of the season on whether he’ll be back in the fall.
NEIL LOOKING GOOD
Chris Neil called himself lucky. The Senators winger told reporters he’s fine after crashing into the boards Friday and missing the regular-season finale against the Devils. Neil, who expects to play in Game 1 Thursday in New York, skated before the club’s one-hour workout and only stayed for the first 15 minutes of practice. He was happy he didn’t cause more damage after tripping over G Ben Bishop’s toe during a shootout drill Friday. “I’m feeling pretty good. Things are looking good for Thursday,” said Neil. “(We) just wanted to make sure I’m going to be 100% for Thursday. That’s the goal. We knew we were in the playoffs. We didn’t know who we were playing, but obviously (Monday) in practice it would be good to rest (Matt Carkner) and I ... Our two tough guys.” Actually, Carkner sat out because he’s got a minor injury that coach Paul MacLean didn’t elaborate on. Neil, who was trying his “shootout moves for next year,” said he watched the fall on video and was fortunate the injury wasn’t worse. “I caught (Bishop’s) pad. I wasn’t really able to protect myself,” said Neil. “I was pretty lucky I wasn’t more seriously injured than I actually was.”
THIS ’N’ THAT
The Rangers aren’t concerned they lost 3-of-4 during the regular season to the Senators. “First of all, it’s about us, how we’re playing our game and bring it up another level, probably each game to another level, then you have to worry about what they present,” Rangers F Brad Richards told New York reporters. Neither W Marian Gaborik (flu) nor C Ryan Callahan (personal) were on the ice when the Rangers returned to work. Coach John Tortorella said he isn’t concerned about either player and expects they’ll both be ready for the start of the series ... There will be a rally to kick off the playoffs Tuesday at Ottawa City Hall at 11:30 a.m. with Mayor Jim Watson, Senators president Cyril Leeder and Spartacat. The Senators flag will be raised, then Watson will navigate a Zamboni down Sens Mile (Elgin St.) to meet at St. Louis Bar and Grill for a pep rally.