April 24, 2012
Alfredsson sorry for throwing tantrum
By Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - While Daniel Alfredsson was apologizing for a temper tantrum during Monday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers, lost in the drama was Thursday night’s Game 7 could be his final curtain call — on Broadway.
“It was bad. I lost it,” Alfredsson said of the incident. “I’m definitely not proud of it and I think it’s detrimental for the whole team.”
Alfredsson, 39, who has one season left on his contract at $1 million, has been non-committal about returning, but all the signs are there that his brilliant career could be over once this playoff run comes to an end:
Alfredsson’s kids Hugo and Loui carried the flags onto the ice for Game 6 with U2’s “I still havent found what I’m looking for” playing and highlight video for what could have been the Super Swede’s final home game.
Alfredsson is coming off a brilliant season that saw him accumulate 59 points — including his 400th career goal. He seems like the type of player that wants to go out on top.
Alfredsson suffered his second concussion this season and missed three games on a hit from Carl Hagelin in Game 2. A father of four, Alfredsson doesn’t like the fact the injuries affect his home life and he can’t play with his kids.
Finally, he was nominated for the Masterton Trophy — along with Joffrey Lupul (Toronto) and Max Pacioretty (Montreal) — Monday. That caps off a year in which he was voted a starter for the NHL all-star game.
Alfredsson said he needs time to think about next year.
“Right now, I’m just taking it day-by-day,” said Alfredsson. “I’m just going to focus on Game 7 and obviously I’ll take some time after the season, whenever that is, and see how everything feels and go from there.
“I haven’t thought (about next year). I haven’t thought about what’s going to happen after. I said before the playoffs this could be my last playoffs, no matter what. We’ll see after (the season), but I don’t know right now.”
Alfredsson was the picture of frustration when the TV cameras caught him breaking his stick and stomping on a water bottle on the bench. It summed up what was an ugly night.
Alfredsson, returning after missing three games with the head injury, said the frustration came from getting hit by Rangers’ John Mitchell and not being on the power play with the club down by two goals in the third.
“That made me lose it pretty much,” admitted Alfredsson. “I was mad at myself not being able to see him earlier and he put a clean hit on me. It was a hit to the head, kind of. I should be aware. I know they’re going to finish their checks on me. It was my own frustration with myself.”
Alfredsson said he was surprised at being kept off the ice for the first power play of the third period.
“We had been on the power play the whole time, but at the same time we didn’t really accomplish much,” said Alfredsson. “We were probably giving up more chances that we created ourselves.”
Alfredsson and coach Paul MacLean discussed the incident and the air has been cleared.
“We talked. I know I’ve got to control myself. I don’t send a good message to the rest of the team by doing that. I don’t think you’ll see that happen again,” said Alfredsson.
MacLean said all is well.
“We did have a real good conversation about frustration, about how it limits your focus and how it can be a distraction,” said MacLean.