On Thursday the Ottawa Senators gave Daniel Alfredsson a key to the city.
Does the key open the door to a front office job for Alfredsson?
“He wanted a year or so away and I think that’s important for him, but it’s certainly something Eugene [Melnyk] and I have discussed if [Alfredsson] wants to do it,” GM Bryan Murray told the Ottawa Sun.
Ideally, the 42-year-old would take a position similar to Steve Yzerman in Detroit. Yzerman was the Red Wings vice president and alternate governor prior to joining the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Maybe that would be the way to start if you go that route,” said Alfredsson. “I’m not naive enough to think I can step into those positions full-time right away. Can I help out in those areas? Of course I can with my experience.
“I think that would be the way to go for both parties. Going forward, that might be better what I’m suited for. If I go that route, that’s probably the way to go.”
According to the Sun, Alfredsson plans on making a decision on his future in the game this summer. For the time being he’s enjoying coaching his sons’ hockey team in Detroit.
“If I’m going to do something in a full-time job I want to do it 100 percent,” he said. “I don’t know if right now is the right time with the stage the kids are at. That’s the way I feel.”