right wing Daniel Alfredsson
, who has been sidelined the last 23 games with back spasms, returned to practice Monday wearing a non-contact jersey. It's the first time he's skated with his teammates since suffering his injury.
The last time Alfredsson, the longest-serving captain in the NHL, played in a game was Feb. 7. A lot has changed since then.
"I just want to get it to the point where it feels strong," Alfredsson told the Ottawa Citizen. "For myself, knowing that it feels strong for training, for the summer, would be valuable."
Alfredsson, who is in his 11th season as captain, holds team records in games played (1,056), goals (389), assists (634) and points (1,023). He has 14 goals and 31 points in 54 games this season. The 38-year-old veteran has two years remaining on his contract.