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Swedish hockey star Alfredsson to remain in Ottawa

The Swedish captain of the Ottawa Senators, Daniel Alfredsson, has signed a four-year contract extension to remain with the National Hockey League club, team owner Eugene Melnyk announced Thursday.

Swedish hockey star Alfredsson to remain in Ottawa

The deal, worth a reported $22 million, likely ensures the 35-year-old right winger will complete his NHL career playing only for Canada’s capital city.

“It’s an exciting time for our family to know that we’ll be able to spend the rest of my NHL career in Ottawa,” Alfredsson said.

Alfredsson, in his 10th season as captain, has three goals and six assists this season and leads all Senators forward with more than 21 minutes on the ice every night.

“Daniel is the type of person and player that we want to continue building this franchise around,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said.

Alfredsson has all-time club records with 334 goals, 522 assists and 861 games played. The five-time NHL All-Star helped Sweden win Olympic gold in 2006.

“Daniel’s leadership and on-ice skills make him one of the best all-around players in the NHL and I’m delighted that he will remain an integral part of the Senators,” Melnyk said.

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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
 
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
 
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
 
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
 
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
 
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
 
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
 
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
 
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.