Daniel Alfredsson has been touched by the thousands of fans who have signed a petition urging him to return for what would be his 17th season of hockey.

But in the end, their collective voices won't have any influence on his decision.

When the captain of the Ottawa Senators does make up his mind, and he likely won't for maybe a month, the decision will be based on what's best for him and his family.

The decision is just too personal.