The Ottawa Senators expect to have an answer from captain Daniel Alfredsson about his intentions to play in the 2013-14 season, according to general manager Bryan Murray on Tuesday morning.
Murray stated that Alfredsson will likely alert the team of his decision by Friday. In Murray's opinion, he believes Alfredsson will return to the team next season.
The unrestricted free agent finished out the final year of a four-year, $19.5 million contract in 2013, that carried an annual average value of $4.8 million against the salary cap. However, Alfredsson's free agency status is merely a formality. Both he and the Senators have made it clear that the 40-year-old will either return to the team or retire.
Alfredsson indicated that the rigors of preparing for an NHL season might not be an undertaking he is willing to commit to at this stage in his life. His family -- specifically, his young children -- are a substantial component in his decision to continue his playing career.
Apparently, that decision will be made by week's end.