Alfredsson taking his Swede time on retirement decision

The waiting game continues for Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson.

LAS VEGAS – The waiting game continues for Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson.

Alfredsson, in Sin City as a nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy at Wednesday’s NHL Awards ceremonies, says he’s no closer to a decision on whether to retire or play one more season.

He suffered a mild setback in his workout plan earlier this month, after coming down with a throat infection which limited his activity.

“I was sick for pretty much a week and a half and I’m just getting back into it now,” he said Tuesday.

Alfredsson appreciates that Senators general manager Bryan Murray isn’t pushing him into making a decision before he’s ready.

Alfredsson wants to work out harder than he did last summer, when he was rehabilitating following back disc surgery.

“Once I start getting into the (serious) training and the first few weeks, I will push myself to see if I can handle it physically and mentally and then I will know where I stand. I want to make sure my body holds up for lifting and being a bit more aggressive in training.”

Alfredsson has talked to several players about the process leading up to retirement and he acknowledges that he doesn’t want to make a premature decision, only to regret it later.

“I still have a desire to perform, but can I do what it takes to perform at a level consistently, the way I want to be? That’s the question.”


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