Six weeks after undergoing back surgery, Daniel Alfredsson says he is on track to be with the Ottawa Senators for the start of training camp next month.
“The rehab is going well. I start skating next week and it’s another step in the process,” Alfredsson told reporters on Thursday morning in Ottawa.
The Senators captain had surgery on June 10 to correct a nerve issue in his lower back. The anticipated recovery time was scheduled to be about four-to-six weeks and Alfredsson is well in line with that timetable.
“I feel that so far it’s gone according to schedule. I can’t say I’m 100 (per cent) right now, but I’m feeling a lot better.”
Since the surgery, Alfredsson has been doing yoga two or three times a week to help stretch and strengthen his back. He will start with a light skating schedule next week and hopes to join his teammates for some informal skates before the start of training camp.
“The first few times I’ll just go out to see how it feels and go from there,” added Alfredsson.
The injury cut Alfredsson’s 2010-11 season short in early February. His offensive numbers suffered — he ended the campaign with just 14 goals and 17 assists in 54 games.
Alfredsson, who turns 39 in December, believes he can return to have a productive season in 2011-12 with the Senators.
“I would like to go back. If I can stay healthy, I think I can have a lot of fun and play at a high level.”