Murray optimistic Alfredsson will return next season
After a long distance talk with Daniel Alfredsson last week, Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray sounds cautiously optimistic the captain will be returning to the lineup next season.
Then again, Murray acknowledged that he was simply trying to read between the phone lines, with Alfredsson spending the summer in his native Sweden.
“There is still no final decision on anything, but we had a very good conversation,” Murray said Thursday. “We did talk about the team, what has happened around the team. There was interest on his part in what was going on.”
Murray’s sense is that Alfredsson wanted to know from the perspective of a player, not from the attitude of someone who will serve for the organization in an off-ice capacity, which is where Alfredsson will go when his career is over.
However, the general manager resisted asking Alfredsson the retirement question directly. As has been the case since the Senators were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray continues to say that the timing of the decision is in Alfredsson’s hands.
“I’m not going to ask that question,” he said. “But the impression I got was a good one.”