If Daniel Alfredsson is going to retire, the Ottawa Senators are going to give him all the time he needs to think about it.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the organization will not pressure their team captain into deciding whether or not he wants to play next season.
“He’ll make the decision when he’s ready,” said a league source Saturday. “He needs time.”
This is the second summer in a row we’ll get to do the retirement dance with Alfredsson.
Alfredsson, 40, helped the Senators to the playoffs yet again this season in a year where not much was expected of the team. After dealing with a host of key injuries, the Sens finished seventh in the East and upset the Montreal Canadiens in the first-round of the playoffs. It’s a one round improvement on how the team did last season when they lost in seven games to the New York Rangers.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?