Daniel Alfredsson (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Daniel Alfredsson tried his hand at the front office in 2015-16, and the Ottawa Senators legend will be back in 2016-17 as the senior advisor of hockey operations for a second season after inking a one-year extension.
Legendary Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson made his triumphant return to the organization ahead of the 2015-16 season, signing on to become the senior advisor of hockey operations. And after his first year in the front office, Alfredsson is coming back for another.
The Senators announced Monday that Alfredsson has signed a contract extension to remain the team’s senior advisor, where he’ll work under GM Pierre Dorion in a variety of roles. Alfredsson said the taste of the role he got last season made him realize he had found exactly what he was looking for.
“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,” Alfredsson said in a release. “Coming back to do this just feels right, both personally and professionally and I look forward to helping the front office, coaches and players in any way I can to help us win.”
Dorion said having Alfredsson as part of the staff offers “fresh perspective and unique insights,” which almost certainly draws on Alfredsson’s 18 years of experience as an NHL player. Alfredsson spent 17 of those seasons with the Senators, 13 of which were as captain, and is Ottawa’s all-time leader in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108).
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he’s glad Alfredsson will be making Ottawa his home once again. “I look forward to the contributions Daniel will continue to make with our hockey club and in the community,” Melnyk added.
Though his extension is only for one year, it seems as though Alfredsson could be becoming a fixture of the Senators front office. Under new GM Pierre Dorion, Alfredsson duties could be expanded and the changeover in the front office could give him the opportunity to be a part of the management group that oversees a turnaround in Ottawa.