Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Longtime Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson Hopes Karlsson Stays in Ottawa

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Longtime Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson Hopes Karlsson Stays in Ottawa

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Alfredsson hopes Karlsson stays with Senators

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GATINEAU, Que. - Daniel Alfredsson admits the uncertainty about Erik Karlsson's future is making things tough for Ottawa Senators fans.

For one day at least, two of the most prominent figures in Senators history were at the same venue in the capital region, as Karlsson watched Alfredsson compete in a local golf tournament on Tuesday. But with trade rumours swirling and the Senators dealing with all kinds of negative headlines in recent months, it's possible Karlsson's days with the organization are nearing an end.

"We haven't talked a whole lot, but obviously we talk most days, it's a difficult situation for everybody," Alfredsson said. "There's no question he's a generational talent and definitely the best player that's worn a Senators jersey and we'll see what happens."

The Karlsson speculation is just the latest issue facing the Senators. Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, the fiancee of former teammate Mike Hoffman, last month for alleged cyberbullying. Hoffman, traded last month, and Caryk have denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, assistant general manager Randy Lee is awaiting a court date for harassment charges in Buffalo and Alfredsson was quoted as saying he hopes the team gets a new owner to replace Eugene Melnyk earlier this year.

Alfredsson, who offered no comment on ownership on Tuesday, has exited the Senators organization twice -- as a player and as an executive. But he says he's hoping Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, sticks around.

"I know for me personally, I hope he stays," Alfredsson said of his fellow Swede. "Both as a friend and being able to watch him on the ice, especially going into his prime."

Karlsson did not talk to reporters on Tuesday. The Senators said they offered the 28-year-old captain an extension on Sunday, but there has been no indication whether the star defenceman is interested in remaining with Ottawa after his contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season. …

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