We could find out by the end of the week whether Daniel Alfredsson will continue his NHL playing career, or if he will retire.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Senators general manager Bryan Murray will have an answer from Alfredsson as to his future by Friday and that he feels Alfredsson will play.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson finished the lockout-shortened season with 10 goals and 26 points in 47 regular season games, but was operating at a point-per-game clip in the playoffs.
The Senators’ captain had 10 points in 10 playoff games, before Ottawa was bounced by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
Earlier this month, Alfredsson won the 2012-13 Mark Messier Leadership Award, but said the process of making a decision about his career “hasn’t really started yet.”
Alfredsson is at the end of a four-year, $19.5 million contract that had him at a cap hit of $4.875 million.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.