Former captain Daniel Alfredsson is on the verge of returning to the Ottawa Senators organization.
A source tells TSN 1200 that Alfredsson is hammering out the final details to accept a role in the club's hockey operations department. An official announcement is expected at some point before the start of training camp next month.
Alfredsson's future with the Senators organization was cast into doubt following a messy divorce from the club in the summer of 2013. After contract negotiations went off the rails with the Senators, Alfredsson opted to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He retired after the 2013-14 campaign, leaving many to wonder if he would ever return to Ottawa after such an awkward departure.
But the door for Alfredsson's return was opened in early December of 2014 when he officially announced his retirement from the NHL during an emotional ceremony in Ottawa. Following that event, the frostiness between Alfredsson and the organization melted away and the long-time captain was welcomed back into the fold.
He sat alongside general manager Bryan Murray during the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, leading to speculation that he was interested in pursuing a front office job with the club.
Alfredsson told TSN 1200 in June that he was going to spend the next two months in Sweden with his family and would make a decision about his career path at some point during the summer.
Murray has said that 2015-16 will be his final campaign as general manager, so Alfredsson's addition to the front office would provide additional depth for the staff. He has previously stated he would be open to working in a variety of roles in the front office, though it's not clear at this time what his official title will be with the hockey operations staff.
Alfredsson is the Senators franchise leader in virtually every meaningful statistical category, including goals (426), assists (682) and points (1108) and served as team captain for 13 seasons.