What’s it all about, Alfie?

When the beat down from the Pittsburgh Penguins was complete and the handshakes were finished, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson went through a lengthy post-series interview with the media.

When the beat down from the Pittsburgh Penguins was complete and the handshakes were finished, Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson went through a lengthy post-series interview with the media.

He talked about his pride in what the undermanned Senators accomplished during the regular season and in their first round playoff defeat of the Montreal Candiens. He didn’t hide from the obvious fact the Penguins were able to skate through and around the Senators throughout the five game second round series. He expressed great hope for the future of the Senators, while also saying he will take some time before deciding whether he will retire or come back for another kick at the Stanley Cup.

Below, the Citizen looks at what Alfredsson said on specific topics.

WHAT HAPPENED AGAINST PITTSBURGH?

–“One thing that hurt us is we took too many penalties. They’re too good on the power play. As skilled and talented as they are, they’re also well coached. We’ve been a team that has been able to create scoring chances with our forecheck, but we weren’t able to do that enough in this series. We couldn’t slow them down enough to stop them from scoring.”

–The Penguins “have got skill, speed, experience…and they’re well coached, too.”

 WHAT IS THE MESSAGE FROM THE SEASON?

–”It has been a great year in terms of the group we had and he adversity we faced. We were a tight group and we stuck together. It has been a lot of fun and I will definitely take that with me when I decide what to do.”

–”It feels a little like my second season (1996-97), if I would compare it to anything, where we have the odds against us and key injuries and were able to find a way, as underdogs, to battle through and get into the playoffs. It has been a great journey this year. We really came together as a group and worked together all year long. We got unbelievable goaltending throughout the whole season. All three goaltenders played unbelievable for us. It was a tough way to end this, the last two games, but overall, I’m extremely proud of the guys in the room and what they brought to the table. Some guys who don’t have much experience in the NHL played extremely hard for us and helped us get into this situation.”

–“Of course (it’s a learning experience). The way we handled ourselves in the regular season. The expectations that we were going to fall off and not make the playoffs. Same thing with being in the first round of the playoffs. That was a good learning experience for everyone. And then coming here and playing a great team like Pittsburgh. We battled hard. We were close in a few games. A 1-1 game (the Senators won Game 3 2-1 in double overtime). In the end, we were a little bit thin compared to them. They played a great series.”

ON HIS ‘PROBABLY NOT’ QUOTE AFTER GAME 4

–“I have no regrets. It didn’t work out, but if we win one game, it would be a good comment. I think they were better than us in each and every game. I was just trying to put the pressure on them. I still believed we could do it, but if we win (Game 5), I think that comment could have helped us.”

 ON HIS OWN FUTURE

–“I love the game, I love to practice, I love to play. I find the travel really tough, with four young kids at home. And that’s kind of what I struggle with, personally. Obviously, I will talk to my wife, to (general manager Bryan Murray), to (coach Paul MacLean), to see what they think. I still feel like I can play. I really enjoyed theplayoffs. I had a lot of fun with it. There are a lot of factors going into it. I will take a little bit of time. I don’t want to jump to any decisions.”

–”My wife draws a pretty heavy load at home and without her, I would never be able to play this long. She supports me, but at times I definitely feel I miss out at home. You miss out on a lot of stuff. The first goal in my son’s career, The first days (of school). It’s tough sometimes, but there are also a lot of upsides to this game. It has given me so much, on and off the ice. And I know when I make a decision, it will be definite.”

ON THE HOPE FOR THE TEAM’S FUTURE

–That’s the reason I came back last year. I liked the way the team played and the direction we were going from the previous couple of years. That was a big part of it. I see a good future for this team and I know it’s not going to get easier for us. But that goes for everyone. It’s a competitive league and there are a lot of upsides to our young players and our draft picks. The scouting staff has done a great job. Our goaltending is second to none. I’m sure everybody in management and coaching thinks we can improve going forward here. “

 

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