Alfredsson's all class: Melnyk

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 AM ET

NEW YORK - Eugene Melnyk isn’t going to be giving captain Daniel Alfredsson any advice on whether to play next season.

The Senators owner doesn’t believe Alfredsson is going to retire at the end of this season, despite a statement by the Super Swede Monday that he knows this could be his last trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“You’ve gotta be careful because what he said was: ‘This may be my last playoffs,’ ” Melnyk told the Sun this week.

“I thought it was a cute way of being uncommitted.”

Melnyk said he’ll leave the decision up to Alfredsson.

“Whatever Daniel wants to do, he can do, and I’d be fully supportive. I’m just honoured that he’s been our captain since I purchased the team,” said Melnyk.

“He’s always been there. He’ll always take my call if I need to speak to him about something and get his feel, advice or experience. He’s one of the rarest type of people you’re going to come across. He’s a total class act all-around.”


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