“It wasn’t like I woke up one morning and said, 'Today I’m going to decide.’ It’s kind of been a gradual process. I’ve been in touch with (Murray) a fair bit. They’ve been patient as well. My kids have wanted me to play the whole time. They would have been really disappointed if I didn’t play. My wife and I, we feel our family situation will be easier this year than it was last year with a newborn.”
- Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson after announcing he would return for a 17th NHL season.