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Alfredsson out with lingering lower back injury

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Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson removed himself from the lineup Wednesday because of a lingering lower back injury and is out indefinitely.

Alfredsson has been dealing with back pain for a while, but finally decided an extended break was needed to try and fix the problem. He told reporters he hopes to not miss more than two weeks.

"I've been having a little bit of a problem the last few weeks especially," Alfredsson said to reporters after the morning skate. "I was hoping the All-Star break was going to help me to go forward but the last two games, it hasn't been as good as I would have liked. [I need] to just take some time here and strengthen everything back up so I can get back to being healthy enough to finish off the year."

The Senators captain leads the team with 31 points and is tied for tops in goals with 14. His 7 power-play goals also pace the club.

"He's our leader, he's our captain, he plays in so many positions and so many roles," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "Credit to him, he's showed a lot of character and tried to battle through it. But he's to the point where he's just working and trying to battle through too much right now. It's been a long time since he's been 100 percent."

Jesse Winchester is also out of the lineup with a left knee injury as the Senators play in Calgary. Forward Bobby Butler was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. He and Jarkko Ruutu will replace Alfredsson and Winchester in the lineup. Butler has 22 goals and 33 points in 46 games for Binghamton this season.

"It's frustrating, especially with the times we're going through," Alfredsson said. "You want to be out there on the ice but at the same time, it's a decision that I probably could have taken a few weeks ago. I definitely wanted to try to go as far as I could but at this point, I have to look after it and not make it a long-term problem."
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