The Ottawa Senators received some good news Tuesday about the return of their captain.
Daniel Alfredsson, who missed the end of last season because of a back injury, skated for the first time since he had surgery in June.
"It felt good to get back on the ice today," Alfredsson told the team's website. "I was on for maybe an hour, an hour [and] 20 [minutes]. We did some drills, and played a little bit of scrimmage. It was fun. I was tired, but everything held up well and the back felt fine."
Alfredsson's season ended in February because of his back, and he had surgery Jun. 10 to repair a nerve issue. Ottawa's captain played in only 54 games in 2010-11, the lowest total of his career. His 14 goals was the second-lowest output, and the 31 points he recorded was the fewest.
While Ottawa will likely be one of the youngest teams in the NHL this season, Alfredsson will be relied upon not only for his veteran leadership but a return to form offensively, as well.
He told reporters last week that he was pain-free after the back surgery, and he appears to remain on schedule with his rehabilitation process.
"Obviously the first time on the ice is always a struggle, but for being the first time it felt good and I'll be back out skating Thursday again," Alfredsson said.