The Ottawa Senators were pounded by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night and they watched their hopeful season come to a grinding halt. But while the Sens will head into the offseason and try to get better, there are question marks surrounding one particular player and his future with the team. Captain Daniel Alfredsson spoke with reporters after Ottawa’s series loss to the Pens and said he’s not sure what the future holds for him and the Senators.
“I haven’t yet,” Alfredsson said after the Sens 6-2 loss when asked if he had given thought to his future. “All I can say is it’s been a great year in terms of the group we’ve had.”
There was the feeling before the shortened season started that Alfredsson would be entering his final season with the Senators but that was never confirmed and still hasn’t been. He’s going to be 41 next season and has been in the NHL since 1994, so no one would blame him for wanting to hang up the skates after a legendary career for the Senators.
Alfredsson has played every single season of his professional career with Ottawa and will go down as one of the franchise’s best and most legendary skaters of all time. But the question on the minds of Sens fans right now if whether or not they’ll get a proper farewell season with Alfredsson or is he going to hang it up this offseason and call it a career?
So far we don’t have a definitive answer but there is evidence on both ends to suggest Alfredsson could comeback to try and go out on a higher note or just retire and ride off with what he’s already accomplished.