It’s a waiting game for Senators players, too

Daniel Alfredsson isn’t cancelling his trip away with the family next week.

At least not yet.

“I haven’t changed my plans,” Alfredsson when asked about the lengthy meetings between the NHL and the NHLPA in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. “If (something) happens, that’s good. I can adjust to that. I just think that, mentally, until you know something’s going on, you’re not going to commit 100 per cent.

“For me, it’s just a meeting, which is good. And if something comes out of it, even better. But until I hear about something substantial, that they’re working towards getting a deal done, that both parties are kind of getting on the same page, that’s when I will get encouraged. Until then, I’m not reading into anything, to be honest.”

Senators defenceman Marc Methot is also keeping his enthusiasm about the possible end to the lockout in check.

“We’re optimistic that we’re talking, but we know not to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve had our little meetings before and everyone was left down afterwards. You’ve got to keep your guard up.”

Methot is encouraged by the fact so many major players on both sides were involved in the meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The more people in those meetings, the better,” he said. “It shows the talks are becoming more real and more meaningful.”



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