Ottawa Senators fans will be celebrating more than Canada Day this weekend, as team captain Daniel Alfredsson will be playing another season in the nation's capital.
Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, confirmed the news to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on Friday morning.
"He brings to the table not only talent, but the intangibles are just as important for the most part: leadership, character, the willingness to work with young players," Senators general manager Bryan told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. "It's nice to hear that he wants to play. Now it's just a matter of getting a contract done with him."
Murray also said he is ready to get to work on a new deal for his captain.
"We were informed late this morning by Daniel's agent, JP Barry, that Daniel has made a decision and is committed to play next year for the Senators," Murray said Friday in a statement. "We now will begin the process of negotiating a contract, which we hope to have completed in the near future."
Swedish television station SVT World spoke to Alfredsson this week.
"I've never been so tired after a season earlier, even though it was so short," Alfredsson told the station. "I needed some time to think about the future, but the important thing is that the urge is there."
Alfredsson returned to Sweden with his family following their postseason exit. He met with Murray prior to leaving and said he would likely give him a decision on his future by Draft Day.
"I came home to Sweden on Monday and felt I can do this one more summer," he said. "I feel a little excited to get going and start exercising.
"The body has felt good lately. I missed a game this season and that was because I had a cold. In this way it has been positive, I have been freshened and it has affected my decision."
The 40-year-old, who's an unrestricted free agent, must now negotiate a new contract with Murray. If the two sides do agree on a new deal, Murray can't officially re-sign him until the free agency window opens July 5.
Alfredsson led the Senators in scoring through the playoffs with four goals and 10 points and was third during the regular season with 10 goals and 16 assists.