Yesterday, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson announced he will not return this season. Stating that his back injury has made it difficult for him to play, Alfie will continue with his rehab in hopes of avoiding surgery. Here’s his interview with the media after practice yesterday courtesy of SensTV.
Notes from the video:
- This set back does not mean Alfie needs surgery. He will take the next month to rehab his back and then re-evaluate the situation.
- The reason Alfie does not prefer surgery is that there will be scar tissue from the surgery that will affect his play and health.
- Surgery is still an option, but it is a last resort. The recovery time frame for this surgery is 4-6 weeks.
- There is no timetable set on when Alfie would require surgery. As of now, he’s going with his rehab program.
- Alfie does expect to be back next season and is excited about the team and its new direction. He likes how the kids are playing so far and expects a number of the draft picks may play next year in Ottawa.
This marks the end of a disappointing season for Alfie. With two more years left on his contract, the 38 yr old has a lot of miles on his body. How will he come back from this injury next year and how will it affect his play will be a big question going into the off-season for Ottawa. Hopefully, the captain can rebound as he has so many times before and lead our team next year back to contention.
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