Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson may retire after playoffs end

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson leaves the ice after losing to the Penguins in Game 5 of their...

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson leaves the ice after losing to the Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, May 24, 2013. (JUSTIN K. ALLER/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

OTTAWA - He is the heart and soul of the Senators.

The straw that stirs the drink. The beat that makes them tick.

Daniel Alfredsson has faced a lot of heat in the last 48 hours for suggesting the Senators would "probably not" comeback from the 3-1 deficit they were facing as they prepared for Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.

Most of the criticism was ridiculous. He was the talk of the town for many of the wrong reasons, but that will go away as the Senators prepare for the summer months and start looking forward to next year.

All eyes will be on Alfredsson for one reason: Will he or won't he back next season?

Lost in all the talk about his "probably not" comment was the subject of whether Alfredsson was about to suit up for his final game with the Senators Friday.

"If it is, we'll make it a fun one," said defenceman Erik Karlsson when asked about the possibility.


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