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OTTAWA -- The sight of Daniel Alfredsson skating in an Ottawa Senators jersey so soon after the very public airing of grievances between him and his former team may have surprised some people. Cheap Lebron James Jersey . Erik Karlsson wasnt one of them. "Its pretty normal, I mean hes been doing it for a while," the Senators defenceman said with a laugh. "Its when he puts the other jersey that it would feel a little different probably." Alfredsson joined other NHL players at an informal skate at Bell Sensplex on Monday. Last week the former Senators captain made headlines when he said negotiations to bring him back to Ottawa for another season "went nowhere," causing general manager Bryan Murray to publicly defend the front office. The 40-year-old Alfredsson signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings July 5 as a free agent after negotiations with the Senators fell through. Karlsson has grown close to Alfredsson, a fellow Swede, and even lived with him at times. He admits things will be very different without his mentor around on a daily basis. "For me on a personal level its going to be tough for me, were close friends and hes helped me out a lot. I only wish him all the best," he said. "I still think well be friends. "I dont think its that sudden and Im just happy hes still playing," Karlsson added. "We have to move on and I think we have guys on the team thats ready to take the next step and as of right now everybodys pretty excited to focus on our game and becoming a better team." Alfredssons departure after 17 seasons with the Senators undoubtedly means a change of leadership will have to take place, but Karlsson is confident the team will be able to adjust accordingly. "Theres going to be changes inside the locker-room and on the ice and I think the group of guys we have are going to handle that perfectly I think," said Karlsson. "I think there will be no problems moving on from here and as I said it was just a matter of time before Alfie was gone." Karlsson is back in Ottawa after spending much of the summer in Sweden and appears to be making progress in recovering from a partially lacerated Achilles tendon. Karlsson suffered a 70 per cent tear to his Achilles Feb. 13 in a game against Pittsburgh when Penguins forward Matt Cooke stepped on his leg. He was expected to miss the remainder of the season following the injury, but the 23-year-old played the last three games of the regular season and all of Ottawas 10 playoff games. Karlssons return was impressive, but it was clear he had a long way to go before returning to form. The 2012 Norris Trophy winner as the NHLs top defenceman says hes been working hard and is excited about the upcoming season. "I can feel the excitement right now coming back. Its been a short summer it feels like, but I think overall I feel great and happy to be back early." As for his injury, Karlsson sees no reason for concern. "It feels good actually, Im a little bit surprised myself. Ive been able to do most of the normal stuff that I do in the summers and Ive been focusing a lot in trying to get it back as strong and as quickly as possible and as of right now I dont think I would have any concerns going into training camp. "Right now it feels normal to me even if its not as it used to be, but I dont think its going to stop me from being a good hockey player and moving forward in my career. I dont have any concerns right now that its going to affect me." One of Karlssons greatest attributes was his skating and following the injury many questioned whether or not it would be affected. "As of right now it doesnt feel like it, but well see when the first game comes," he said. Karlsson said his condition has improved considerably since his return to action last season. "Ive had some time now working off the ice and really trying to get it into shape," he said. "I barely feel it anymore when I do certain stuff that I did before, especially on the ice it doesnt feel close to what it did last season." "As of right now I dont think I could have felt any better than I do right now and I didnt expect to feel this good at this period of time." Wholesale Cavaliers Jerseys . The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 mens and womens soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season. Cavaliers Jerseys China . Perhaps their first trip to the city of Winnipeg in 16 years can serve as the shakeup they need. http://www.cheapcavaliersjerseys.com/ . TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that its believed the Flames are working towards a new contract with the defenceman.Holly Holm will always be the proud owner of the UFC’s most shocking moment but has spectacularly failed to live up to her conquering of Ronda Rousey. Sky Sports question why… Holm has experienced a virtually unrivalled 12 months of highs and lows inside the Octagon, evolving from an inexperienced contender into a champion who toppled an apparently unbeatable title-holder. But she lost the belt herself as quickly as it was stunningly ripped from Rouseys waist and was handed a second consecutive defeat last weekend.Entering her biggest moment last November in Australia, Holm was largely fancied to be the latest lamb to the slaughter of the UFCs inaugural female champion who had chewed up three previous opponents in a combined 64 seconds. There wasnt much to suggest Rousey would struggle with her latest foe. Rousey struggled to land a punch on Holm The masterclass in sticking-and-moving that Holm produced, culminating in a head kick knockout, is enough to certify her place in the sports chronicles forevermore, regardless of whatever followed. Looking back, that might be as good as it gets.Two consecutive defeats - dropping the world title to Miesha Tate in March followed by losing a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko last weekend - have ended her unbeaten record in humbling fashion. Miesha Tate crucially grabs hold of Holm to eventually win her world title Holms success in a previous career as a professional boxer was feted after she out-punched Rousey last year so her vulnerabilities were stark when stood toe-to-toe with Shevchenko. The counter-striking that superbly flummoxed Rousey didnt work when Shevchenko refused to be suckered in, and Holm struggled when forced to initiate.The truth about Holms boxing credentials is that they are difficult to analyse. She was recognised as a WBA champion and was twice Ring Magazines female fighter of the year, but that was a decade ago. Cheap Cavaliers Jerseys. Upon closer inspection, only one of her 38 fights was held outside of her home state, New Mexico, and her knockout ratio was less than favourable (just nine of 33 wins). Pictured with Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya But womens fighting remains a new, chaotic world three years on from its UFC inauguration. Female boxing, in the early-2000s when Holm first strapped on gloves, was a Wild West so perhaps she scarcely had the opportunity to travel further afield to demonstrate her talent.The womens division in the UFC had law and order, with Rousey-mania in full swing, until Holm blew it all apart last year. Sure, Holms results have been disastrous since but Tate, who beat her for the belt, also lost her first defence to Amanda Nunes and has two defeats to Rousey on her record. Rousey is still nowhere to be seen so, in the grand scheme of things, is Holms fall from grace so bad? Holm lands a kick on Raquel Pennington The American is approaching her 35th birthday and looked her age against Shevchenko. But in a womens division that has become harder and harder to predict in the past year, she should not be written off yet.Holm is a fighting pioneer as the first athlete of either gender to claim world championships in boxing and MMA. She will probably never scale the heights of her Rousey knockout, a moment that will far out-live her career, but thats not bad for a girl who was fighting before it became fashionable. Stranger turnarounds have happened than Holm becoming a champion again... Also See: UFC More sports Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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