Alfredsson should retire as an Ottawa Senator - here's how
By Chris Savard
There has been plenty of speculation that Right Winger Daniel Alfredsson may announce his retirement tonight in Detroit as the Red Wings play host to the Ottawa Senators. There is no question that Alfie is the best ever to wear a Senators jersey and I believe that the team needs to step up and allow him to retire as a Sen.
Stoney Point - November 24, 2014 - There has been plenty of speculation that Right Winger Daniel Alfredsson may announce his retirement tonight in Detroit as the Red Wings play host to the Ottawa Senators.
This morning on CFRA Ottawa, Steve Madely had this to say on the topic - The former Senators captain has not played yet this season because of a back injury. There is talk that Alfredsson and the Senators have mended their relationship since he left the team last year to sign with the Red Wings. It's possible that the Senators may be part of Alfredsson's announcement.
Alfredsson has had a storied career scoring 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 games. All but 68 games of his career were played in the Red and Black of the Sens.
If this is truly the end for the 41 year old Swedish star, then the Ottawa Senators need to step up and do the right thing. The Red Wings are in Ottawa for a game on December 27th to be broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada. On that day, I believe that the Senators should sign Alfredsson to a one day contract and retire his number 11 in a pre-game ceremony that will have both of the teams he played for on the ice.
There is no question that Alfie is the best ever to wear a Senators jersey and I believe that this would be a fitting way for him to announce his retirement.
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