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a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances.
Next Thursday, if not before, the Ottawa Senators are expected to sign Daniel Alfredsson to a one-day contract. Air Max Clearance . It makes sense as part of a tribute to their former captain on the day hes chosen to retire from the National Hockey League. In a city where hes beloved, he will retire as a Senator. The details of the contract signing and retirement party are still being finalized by the Senators, who will be recognizing the most impactful player in team history. The late John Ferguson Sr. is credited for spotting Alfredsson in a club game, playing for Frolunda in Sweden in the fall of 1993. Then-general manager Randy Sexton recalled Fergusons excitement over a player he described as a perfect combination of skill, hockey sense, grit and character. Sexton even made the voyage to Sweden later that season to watch Alfredsson, to see for himself if this talented late-bloomer fit the model of the player they were hoping to build their team with. And after watching him play just a couple of times, he knew Alfredsson was what Ottawa was looking for. Only Sexton didnt know where Alfredsson should be selected on their list of potential draft picks. In April 1994, mere weeks before the NHL Entry Draft at the Hartford Civic Center, Sexton received another call from Ferguson. Sexton says Fergie couldnt contain his excitement. Great news, Ferguson said. Alfredsson has mono, no one else is going to see him at the Worlds. Perhaps, a kiss of fate. The Senators sat quietly, but anxiously at their draft table as the rounds ticked away, with their NHL rivals seemingly unaware of Alfredssons ability. Ottawa selected centre Radek Bonk third overall, defenceman Stanislav Neckar in Round 2, and goaltender Bryan Masotta in the fourth round before their gamble finally paid off. The Senators called Alfredssons name in the sixth round, 133rd overall, and the legend was born. Alfredsson was an instant success, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year in 1995-96. He went to enjoy a glorious career in Ottawa setting franchise records in goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108). His relentless work ethic became the identity of the Ottawa Senators. Former Toronto Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker fondly remembers the fierce rivalry he shared with Alfredsson in The Battle of Ontario. Through much of his career, Tucker wore his heart on his sleeve and played - at times - with reckless abandon. But as feisty as he could be in their head-to-head match ups, Tucker says Alfredsson shouldnt be remembered as being squeaky clean. He was a lot more greasy than people think, Tucker told The Dreger Report. He didnt mind sticking you and then would laugh about it, but thats playoff hockey. It was good old-fashioned fun. Following last weeks Dreger Report acknowledging Alfredsson had decided he wasnt going to play this season and retirement seemed imminent, Tucker added a dose of humour, via twitter, that requires a follow-up. - Guess I should book my trip to Ottawa Dec.4th Im sure Alfie would want me there on the big day #waitingbythephone This tweet ignited feedback from friends, fans and media who assumed Tucker was playfully taking a swipe at Alfredsson, who in Game 5 of the second round of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs, injured Tucker with a hit from behind before scoring the game-winning goal. The Leafs went on to win the series in seven games and while Tucker says he has great respect for Alfredsson, his tweet wasnt specific to that hit. It was simply a tongue-in-cheek joke about rivalry. I dont care about that hit at all, he said. Live and die by the sword. Tucker did, however, care about that hit at the start of the 2002-2003 season and admits he went out of his way to take Alfredsson out the first time the two faced each other. To the point, Tucker said, then-Leaf coach Pat Quinn called him into his office after the game to settle him down. Pat said, You dont have to get him on your first shift. I waited 12 years to get Tom Lysiak, so you better take a deep breath. Every game during that era of The Battle of Ontario meant something and as far as the Leafs were was concerned. To beat the Senators, you had to cut the head off of the snake. And Alfredsson was viewed as the snake. On Thursday in Ottawa, the bad taste left in the mouths of those still bitter (over the contract squabble that ended with Alfredssons decision to bolt for Detroit) will be washed away by his homecoming and a future in the Senators front office that will likely take shape in time for next season. Have a great weekend and look forward to another edition of Insider Trading on Tuesday on SportsCentre and Air Max Thea Black . Ribery, who won UEFAs best player in Europe award for the 2012-13 season, helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League and Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Messi, winner of the last four Ballon dOr awards in voting by coaches, team captains and media, was injured late in the season and could not prevent Barcelona from being beaten by Bayern in the Champions League semifinals. Nike Thea Sale . Head coach Randy Carlyle confirmed the news after the Leafs morning skate on Monday. Kozun was hurt during Friday nights home game against the Red Wings and did not make the return trip to Detroit for Saturdays game. .com) - The Denver Nuggets snapped a losing streak last time out and will try to carry that momentum Saturday night when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the Pepsi Center.CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham homered, Conor Gillaspie singled home another run and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Cleveland Indians 2-1 despite the departure of ace Chris Sale after just three innings in a game twice delayed by rain Tuesday night. Beckham finished 2 for 4, adding a double in the first inning. Chicago has won eight of 12 to get back to .500 (27-27). The White Sox are 6-3 against Cleveland this season after losing 17 of 19 to their American League Central rival in 2013. Mike Aviles went 1 for 2 with a walk and drove in Clevelands run. Scott Carroll (2-3) worked three scoreless innings in relief to get the win. Ronald Belisario worked a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances. The anticipated matchup between Sale and Justin Masterson was cut short. The game began 41 minutes late because of rain and then was stopped again after the third inning. That delay lasted 1:58 and neither starter was able to continue. Sale, in his second start following a month on the disabled list with a flexor strain, seemed headed for another special outing after allowing just one hit in six scoreless innings last week against the Yankees. He was nearly perfect in his three innings, with the only blemish a one-out walk to Aviles in the third inning. The ace left-hander needed just 40 pitches record nine outs.. Nike Air Max Thea 2018. His potential pitch count was a topic of conversation in the pregame media session when manager Robin Ventura was asked for a number. "Somewhere between 127 and where he was at last time," Ventura joked. Sale threw 127 pitches April 17 in his last start before going on the DL. He threw 86 pitches against the Yankees last week. Masterson (2-4) was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the first. The White Sox then touched him up for a run in the third inning when Gillaspie drove in Adam Eaton with a single to centre. Beckham made it 2-0 after the rain delay when he cranked solo homer leading off the fifth. Cleveland got on the board in the seventh when Aviles hit into a fielders choice to score Lonnie Chisenhall. NOTES: INF Jason Kipnis (strained right oblique) ended his rehab assignment Monday and rejoined the Indians before Tuesdays game. He could have played, but the decision was made not to activate him until Wednesday. . White Sox RHP Felipe Paulino, who has been on the DL since April 19, was pulled off from his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte because of shoulder soreness. . Indians OF Michael Brantley singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games . Clevelands T.J. 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