Under different circumstances, last Monday's NHL trade deadline could have been an anxious day for Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The 39-year-old captain was happy he wasn't forced to make a decision on whether he wanted to be traded to a contender.

With the Senators in the hunt for a playoff spot, Alfredsson wasn't approached by GM Bryan Murray about being dealt and that was fine with the face of the franchise.

Teams looking for veteran leadership — including Nashville, Boston, Vancouver and the Rangers — would have shown interest.