Daniel Alfredsson, who had another productive season in 2011-12, is returning for a 17th season with the only NHL team he's ever played for. The Ottawa Senators have announced that their captain will return for the 2012-13 season.
The 39-year-old scored 27 goals and had 59 points in 75 appearances last season. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk expressed his delight at Alfredsson's return.
"Daniel is an exceptional captain whose commitment to his teammates and to the great City of Ottawa is second to none. Daniel expects a lot out of himself both on and off the ice so I fully understand how important a decision this was for him and his family. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to Daniel having a great year and adding to his long list of extraordinary achievements with our hockey club."
Senators blog Silver Seven is understandably thrilled that the Sens are retaining a guy who is not only one of the most popular players in their history, but also a player who is still extremely productive.
Obviously, this is exciting news for many reasons, but it's especially important for the on-ice success of the team. Alfie can't be expected to carry the team as much as he once did, but is one of just four proven top-six [forward] players on the squad ... If Alfie weren't returning, things would be a lot more difficult for the team's top scoring lines.
Anyway, breathe a sigh of relief, Sens fans: Your captain won't be hanging up his skates for at least one more season. Alfie Rises.
For more on Alfredsson and the Sens, head over to Silver Seven.