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Senators will honor Daniel Alfredsson on Dec. 4

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Newark, New Jersey — The retirement watch concerning Daniel Alfredsson is over.

The former Ottawa Senators captain — who played with the Red Wings last season — is expected to announce his retirement Thursday and the Senators have confirmed he will be part of a pre-game ceremony before their game against the New York Islanders.

Alfredsson, 41, tweeted “Coming to Ottawa with the family on Dec. 4th. Looking forward to see everybody!”

There’s speculation Alfredsson could move into the Senators’ front office next season.

The decision to retire isn’t surprising considering Alfredsson has barely skated since taking part in several conditioning skates at Joe Louis Arena after Labor Day.

Alfredsson said he’d only play for the Red Wings this season and only if his troublesome back would cooperate. It didn’t.

Alfredsson spent 17 seasons with the Senators, 12 as a captain. He played in 1,178 games with them, scoring 426 goals with 682 assists.

But the Stanley Cup eluded Alfredsson — the Senators did reach the 2007 Finals but lost to Anaheim — which led him to sign with the Red Wings.

Despite being limited by back problems, Alfredsson still led the injury-ravaged Red Wings in scoring with 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games.

“Like Nick Lidstrom, he was the best player every night and he did it for so many years,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “It’s the same thing with Alfie. He always brings it.

“It seems like the more important the game, the better he plays. Before he came here, I played with him on national teams, but last year was a special year for me to get some games with him here.”

No sophomore jinx

The league isn’t finding playing Gustav Nyquist the second time around gets any easier.

No one has yet been able to figure out a way to slow Nyquist, who leads the Red Wings with 10 goals, after scoring 28 last season after being recalled from Grand Rapids.

Nyquist is seeing other team’s best defenders, best players, but continues to thrive.

“It’s a challenge to play against the best players and it makes you become a better player,” Nyquist said. “You learn a lot from that, so it’s only a positive thing because you’re only going to get better from that.”

Six of Nyquist’s 10 goals have come on the power play.

“I’ve had opportunities to play with great players in a lot of good situations,” Nyquist said.

Ice chips

Some former Red Wings are struggling in New Jersey.

Damien Brunner continues to struggle scoring goals, with one goal and four assists in 14 games with New Jersey, with a minus-1 rating.

Jordin Tootoo has gotten into nine games with the Devils, with one goal. Tootoo does have a plus-3 rating.