Ottawa's off-season thoughts now shift to Alfredsson
As Sens Mile signs come down and political bets are settled, the off-season thoughts of Ottawa Senators fans are turning to their captain's potential retirement.
Daniel Alfredsson, 39, said he was undecided on his future after his team's season-ending loss to the New York Rangers Thursday.
"I'll take some time obviously, see how I feel physically and mentally after taking some time off, but this year has been unbelievable," he said.
Senators fans said they think the team's all-time leading scorer and captain since 1999 still has something left in the tank.
"I really hope he stays, because that was like the best game he's ever played," said one fan of Game 7.
"After hearing everyone chanting ‘Alfie for Mayor' last night I decided to put (a sign) out there too, so he's got my vote," said Elgin Street business owner Owen Stanton-Kennedy.
Ottawa's current mayor is now left to settle his bet with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Wish we'd had the blueberry cheesecake from Long Island, but Mayor Bloomberg is going to get a taste of our hospitality and a beavertail in the next couple of weeks," said Jim Watson.
As for Ottawa West-Nepean MP and Foreign Affairs minister John Baird, he donned a New York Rangers jersey after losing his bet with American Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
"Unfortunately I made a bet and I lost," he said. "Hilary said I would look good in blue . . . not so much."
The mood amongst the Sens faithful isn't totally blue – fans said they were still happy the team defied expectations this season.
"I'm feeling disappointment and frustration, but at the same time we were never supposed to be in this position in the first place," said AJ Bickford.
"Although people are disappointed about last night, the future still is a whole lot better than it was even a year ago," said Lee Versage of the Team 1200.
Senators players, along with head coach Paul MacLean and general manager Bryan Murray, will talk to the media after lockers are cleaned out Saturday afternoon.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Claudia Cautillo