Daniel Alfredsson will officially say his good-byes to Ottawa on Thursday during a news conference in the Winter Garden room at The Royal.

Fittingly No. 11 will speak at 11 a.m.

The release from the hospital sent out Wednesday stated that Alfredsson -- who ended his 18-year Senators career when he surprisingly signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Red Wings July 5 -- will "take the opportunity to give his thanks to the community and to bring further attention to mental health which he has so actively championed."

It also said that a "public statement will be followed by a question and answer session" and that there will be no media scrums permitted. But as it is his first public appearance since making the choice to jump teams Alfredsson will no doubt be pressed to further explain his decision.

Mere hours into the first day of free agency the greatest player in Senators history told reporters via conference call that the move was for "selfish" reasons. At 40 years old he said he was taking a one-year contract that could pay him up to $5.5 million because he simply felt the Red Wings gave him a better chance to win a Stanley Cup in what might be the last year of his distinguished career.

That reasoning did not satisfy everybody who knows Alfredsson however.

For one thing the Red Wings won one less game than the Senators last season although both teams finished with 56 points and in seventh place in their respective conferences.

Detroit did come within a game of knocking off the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. The Red Wings have since moved to the East where their travel and passageway to the final appear easier but there are those that will argue the Senators are just as good and just as likely to take the next sip from Lord Stanley's coveted mug.