It was perhaps one of the worst kept secrets in awhile, but today we got the official word that Captain Daniel Alfredsson will return for the 2012-13 season. There is little doubt that the Sens Army and the city of Ottawa itself is in a good mood today, as everyone wanted the heart and soul of the team to return for at least a year. And with 59 points last year, good for 59th place in league scoring why wouldn't they? This also eliminates our need for a 2nd top 6 forward which is huge in my opinion.
Alfredsson will make only a million dollars this upcoming season, which many thought would be a reason for him to call it quits, but people seem to forget that his cap hit is 4.875, which means he had been receiving 7 million for 2009-10 and 2010-11, plus 4.875 last season, which all evens out with the 1 million this season. It was his duty to honor the terms of the deal and of course #11 would.
Here's what BM the GM had to say about Alfie's return this morning.
There's little doubt that we're better team with #11 in the mix and of course he remains the most popular Senator by far, so it's also good to have him around for that. But age is catching up with him so with that in mind how do you think Alfie will do this season?