Ottawa Senators Official Website FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators
Only 4 home games left!

Sens decisions don't get easier

Wednesday, 09.26.2007 / 12:40 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
Share with your Friends

Sens decisions don\'t get easier
Suddenly, there’s an added sense of urgency about the final roster decisions to be made during the last few days of Senators training camp.

Whether the team will have the services of Dean McAmmond to start the regular season remains uncertain after the winger suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place. McAmmond was felled by a blow to the head by the Flyers’ Steve Downie and was removed from the ice on a stretcher.

Fortunately, the veteran suffered no fractures and has been released from hospital after examination. He was to see the club’s training staff for treatment today.

McAmmond’s status, and that of centre Mike Fisher – who has yet to play a game in training camp as he recovers from a groin injury suffered during the Stanley Cup final – puts added emphasis on the play of at least three rookie forwards still with the Senators.

Head coach John Paddock indicated Tuesday he’d use the final two pre-season games (Saturday at Scotiabank Place vs. Montreal, Sunday at Washington) to take one more look at the likes of Nick Foligno and Russians Ilya Zubov and Alexander Nikulin, all of whom have impressed during camp.

“We’re looking at the kids,” said Paddock. “For Foligno and the Russians and (defenceman) Brian Lee, this is a continuing evaluation for them. The odds probably don’t favour them, but strange things happen.

“That’s why it’s still an evaluation, that’s why it’s an important thing for them … We’ve tried to put these guys in situations where they have a chance to play with the (Dany) Heatleys and (Daniel) Alfredsssons. There’s so many things that could happen that we don’t foresee happening, but we have to have the best read possible on these guys.”

One of those “things,” as Paddock and the Senators would find out, came later Tuesday night with the loss of McAmmond. There’s no word yet on when he might be ready to return.

But even before that unfortunate event, there was a feeling in camp that Foligno, in particular, might get the chance to at least start the season with the big club. Against the Flyers, he found himself starting the game on a line with Alfredsson and centre Jason Spezza. But he tried not to read too much into that, and said Tuesday he is aware that there’s still a ways to go yet before the finish line.

“I know there’s still a few more cuts to be made,” said Foligno, 19. “But it’s obviously still nice to be here and still be in the thought process for a final roster spot.

“It’s an exciting time. You’re pretty close and you just want to keep things on an even keel and make sure you’re working hard. That’s what I’m trying to do and you know what, let the rest be up to (the coaching staff). Don’t give them any reasons, with my work ethic, to send me away. That’s the most important thing.”

The Senators players had a full day off today, but were to return to the ice Thursday to resume preparations for their final two pre-season tune-ups.




1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48


E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44