In 20 years, they have run the gamut: from one man’s impossible dream to real life financial nightmare and bankruptcy, from on-ice laughingstock to one of the NHL’s elite teams. Twenty years and 10 months after the Ottawa Senators shocked the world, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali, by landing an National Hockey League franchise against all odds, they are starting over in a way.

Daniel Alfredsson can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. When the Ottawa Senators’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, points and community relations — he’s the poster boy for just about everything good about the franchise since the mid-1990s — went to training camp with the team last month, he found himself on a line with 18-year-old prospect Mika Zibanejad.