NHL Senators lose Swedish captain to knee surgery

The Swedish hockey veteran and Ottowa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, will be out for at least two weeks following Friday's surgery upon his right knee, the National Hockey League club has announced.

The operation will remove a bone chip that was dislodged on Sunday during a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh in the Globen arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

“It’s not a long-term thing,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said.

“We’re assured it’s not more than a couple of weeks type of thing.”

Alfredsson, a 13-year veteran from Sweden, missed 12 games last season with knee, groin and hip injuries but the 35-year-old right wing contributed 40 goals and 49 assists.

“He tried this week to skate and it felt all right, but he still felt it,”

Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg said. “Between the doctor and himself and us, we decided this was the best time to get it over with.”

Dany Heatley will take over captain’s duties for the Senators.

The Ottowa Senators opened the 2008/2009 NHL season with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Swedish capital last weekend.