Daniel Alfredsson will be back working in the Senators’ front office next season — on Monday, he agreed to a one-year extension to continue serving as the club’s senior advisor of hockey operations.
“Daniel offers a fresh perspective and unique insights on what we do in hockey operations,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, in a release. “We feel this year we’ll be able to build on his experiences from last year and he’ll continue to be a valuable asset to our staff.”
Alfredsson, 43, joined the organization last year in the same role, albeit under the tutelage of former GM Bryan Murray, who stepped down and ceded his position to Dorion earlier this offseason.
It’s not surprising Ottawa wanted to keep Alfie in the fold, given he’s the most decorated player in franchise history. Alfredsson is the Senators’ all-time leader in goals (426), assists (682), points (1,108), power-play goals (131), shorthanded goals (25), game-winning goals (69), shots (3,320) and hat tricks (eight).
Looking ahead, it’s possible Alfredsson could be groomed to eventually become Dorion’s assistant. Currently, Ottawa only has one AGM on staff — longtime club employee Randy Lee — and, in today’s release, Alfredsson certainly sounded like someone interested in a front office career.
“When I started this last year, I was not really sure what to expect,” said Alfredsson. “This job has turned out to be exactly what I am looking for – the opportunity to be flexbile and see so many of different requirements of working in an NHL front office.
“I’ve been able to do just about everything I could imagine, from being part of scouting meetings to working one-on-one with the players on the ice.”