Senators' Daniel Alfredsson back on the ice

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was back on the ice on Tuesday for the first time since having back surgery.

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"It felt good to be back on the ice today," Alfredsson said, according to the Senators' website. "I was on for maybe an hour, an hour and 20 [minutes], did some drills and played a little bit of a scrimmage. It was fun. I was tired, but everything held up well and the back felt fine."

Alfredsson, 38, hasn't played a game since Feb. 7 and had back surgery in June after rest and rehabilitation were not enough to get him back in playing condition.

"Obviously, the first time on the ice is always a struggle," Alfredsson said. "But for being the first time, it felt good and I'll be back out skating [on] Thursday again."

He said he is on target to return in time for the start of training camp in mid-September.

"Last year, I wasn't in pain all the time, but I lost the strength in my right leg," Alfredsson said. "That was extremely frustrating. I had to make the decision to have surgery. From then on, it has been a lot better and I can see the positives, the light at the end of the tunnel."

Alfredsson had 14 goals and 31 points in 54 games this past season.