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Alfredsson says he’s a Sen for life

Daniel Alfredsson feels comfortable enough as the longest servingactive captain in the NHL to look into the future with confidence.

Daniel Alfredsson feels comfortable enough as the longest serving active captain in the NHL to look into the future with confidence.

So, when he was asked if he would mirror ex-Leaf captain Mats Sundin and move to another team at the end of his career for a chance at a Stanley Cup, Alfredsson was firm.

“No, probably not,” the career Senators forward said Monday as his club prepared for another instalment of the Battle of Ontario — a matchup with the Leafs yesterday.

“I say that because we as an organization are on the way up again. We’ve had a couple of off years (since advancing to the Stanley Cup final in 2007), but I think we are heading in the right direction again. Put it this way, if you make the playoffs, you have a chance.”

Sundin served 14 of his 17 seasons in Toronto as captain, but left the team last season and didn’t resurface until Dec. 18 when he signed with Vancouver and a shot at a Cup that ultimately eluded him in his career. Alfredsson went on to say, “Never say never about the future.” But he’s as entrenched in Ottawa as any player has been with an NHL team.

When Joe Sakic retired this year, Alfredsson became the longest serving captain in the NHL. When he signed a four-year, $21.6 million extension in Oct. 2008, the script was essentially set to make him one of a dying breed of player who starts and finishes his career with the same team.

Alfredsson, in fact, ranks seventh among active players in the most games played with one team. Dallas’ Mike Modano tops that group, followed by Niklas Lidstrom (Detroit), Martin Brodeur (New Jersey), Kris Draper (Detroit), Shane Doan (Phoenix), and Jarome Iginla (Calgary).

“I don’t think I can really appreciate it because I’m still living it, but when I retire, yes, it will sink in ... how fortunate I’ve been,” said Alfredsson.

“I was fortunate to be drafted by Ottawa. To live in a city and play in a country where hockey is first, are some of the things that I will cherish for a long time.”