The Senators should consider a significant back-room move before Game 3 of these playoffs.

They should think about breaking out the needle and thread.

If a mild concussion keeps Daniel Alfredsson out of the lineup, they should sew the 'C' on Jason Spezza's jersey. It's going to happen one day, anyway. Spezza will succeed Alfredsson as the official leader of this team when No. 11 hangs them up.

Why not now, if the other option means the captain's sweater is left hanging in a dressing room stall while the Senators attempt to claim a very important victory Monday at Scotiabank Place?

After taking an elbow to the head from Carl Hagelin, Alfredsson is a 50-50 bet to play. It all depends on how he feels when he wakes up. If he can't go, a heavier burden will be placed on Spezza.

And he needs to rise to the occasion.