The end is near for Daniel Alfredsson.
All that’s left to decide for his retirement is where, when and how to do it.
You’d have to think the Senators will be getting a phone call if they haven’t gotten one already.
Ideally, Alfredsson would like to announce his retirement in the place where he spent 99.9% of his career and he’d like to do with the blessing of the organization.
While he spent last season with the Detroit Red Wings, the 41-year-old Alfredsson would like to come back to the place where he spent a majority of his career to hold a farewell press conference.
That makes sense but now they have to work on the mechanics.
Remember, this wasn’t a divorce that went. There’s also the consideration that Detroit signed him for the final year of his NHL contract and the Wings have to enter the equation.
But Alfredsson is an unrestricted free agent. It’s his decision where he wants to tell the world he’s decided not to play hockey anymore.
Ottawa makes sense. All that would really have to be worked out is the logistics but this is a difficult decision on a lot of fronts.
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The end is near for Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators return home Thursday night for the first time in 10 days. The start of a tough stretch with the Nashville Predators in town. Goalie Robin Lehner makes the start.
D-Day is coming for the Senators.
A roster move is around the corner. It has to be with Marc Methot closing in on good health.
There is no timetable for Methot but you have to think he’s about a week away. Not sure if the plan to send him to Binghamton for conditioning is still on the table. It has certainly been discussed and it wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Methot hasn’t played since last April. This injury has caused issues when he tries to skate. But he has looked better of late, although, it should be noted he was the first one off the ice today after the morning skate so not sure what kind of sign that is.
If he does return, something is going to have to happen with either Colin Greening or Erik Condra. You can only have 23 players and the Senators need to make room if _ and when _ Methot is completely healthy to play. I do think they’ll keep eight defencemen.
Curtis Lazar isn’t going anywhere.
The Senators confirmed Wednesday that the 19-year-old centre will suit up for his 10th game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild and won’t be returned to the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings.
The decision means the Senators will let Lazar’s contract kick in which means he’ll use up a year on his entry-level deal. Lazar was told by GM Bryan Murray following the game Wednesday.
“It’s another step,” said Lazar. “I’m going to be here until after that 10th game but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. It’s pretty cool.
“I just have to continue to keep working hard. It’s good to have a little security there knowing that I’m going to be here for awhile. I just have to go play. It’s a huge honour for myself.”
Coach Paul MacLean said Lazar is staying because he deserves to be here.
“It was a very easy decision. The way that he has played and the consistency that he has shown,” said MacLean. “He’s shown the ability to adapt to the game. We feel very comfortable and confident that him staying here is going to make us a better team.”
The next question will be whether he’ll be allowed to go play for Team Canada at the world junior championships. I can say with great certainty that’s highly doubtful at this juncture.
This will be a measuring stick.
Four home games starting with a visit by the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday.
Then, Minny Thursday, Winnipeg Saturday and Toronto Sunday in the post-poned game.
We will find out where the Senators stand after this.
They had a strong month of October. They felt good about where they stood at 5-3-2. The effort in Boston was strong for 30 minutes but then the Senators felt apart and captain Erik Karlsson was minus-4.
“The record we have, we’re happy with it, but we had a letdown game in Boston. We have four games this week, but our focus is on (Detroit). We haven’t played our best, but we’re not supposed to be playing (our best) yet,” said Karlsson.
That’s true but it sure would help if they were if they were better consistently.
“Putting up a 60-minute effort would be nice,” added Karlsson. “I think as of right now we have our ups and downs and I think we’ve been managing them well, but going forward here we maybe need to put a little bit more focus in the whole game.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Senators and this homestand will go a long way in determining if they’re going to make the playoffs.
The Senators need the points. Teams are starting to make their moves in the East. Even Carolina and Buffalo have won a couple of games lately so it would serve the Senators well to come out of this week with a strong record. Craig Anderson vs. Jimmy Howard Tuesday.
Then, we’ll see where the goaltending goes from there.
The Senators arrive home with a 5-2-1 record Thursday.
They can close out a solid month with a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Canadian Tire Centre.
They have taken a dangerous path here.
The Senators have been outshot in pretty much every game. They’ve had to find a way to come back in a couple of others. Mika Zibnajead hs no points and no shots.
You wonder when push is going to come to shove with Zibanejad.
I don’t think he needs to be sent down. I think that’s extreme. I do think he needs to be made a healthy scratch and let him watch a game or two to see if that helps.
The other possibility is to move him to the wing and put youngster Curtis Lazar at centre. The Senators can’t keep going with no production from their second line. The numbers don’t add up.
The Senators are in the midst of a tough stretch. They play Saturday in Boston – then with the makeup Toronto game they’ll play seven games in 12 days starting with Tuesday’s visit by Detroit.
The start they’ve gotten off to has been solid.
It can’t stop here.