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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Senators' Daniel Alfredsson back on the ice

By ESPN.com

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was back on the ice on Tuesday for the first time since having back surgery.
Alfredsson
Alfredsson

"It felt good to be back on the ice today," Alfredsson said, according to the Senators' website. "I was on for maybe an hour, an hour and 20 [minutes], did some drills and played a little bit of a scrimmage. It was fun. I was tired, but everything held up well and the back felt fine."

Alfredsson, 38, hasn't played a game since Feb. 7 and had back surgery in June after rest and rehabilitation were not enough to get him back in playing condition.

"Obviously, the first time on the ice is always a struggle," Alfredsson said. "But for being the first time, it felt good and I'll be back out skating [on] Thursday again."

He said he is on target to return in time for the start of training camp in mid-September.

"Last year, I wasn't in pain all the time, but I lost the strength in my right leg," Alfredsson said. "That was extremely frustrating. I had to make the decision to have surgery. From then on, it has been a lot better and I can see the positives, the light at the end of the tunnel."

Alfredsson had 14 goals and 31 points in 54 games this past season.