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Senators players travel the globe during Olympic break

Wednesday, 02.22.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators players travel the globe during Olympic break
Joe Allan, an account executive with the Ottawa Lynx Baseball Club, helped out at the Senators' practice on Wednesday. Allan is a friend of Senators strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee.


by Todd Anderson

The Ottawa Senators returned to practice Wednesday afternoon as 12 of the club's non-Olympic participants tried to shed some rust after a 10-day break away from the rink.

Many of the players sported tans, as they took advantage of the break and spent some vacation time south of the border.

"I went to Disney World for six days with my girlfriend," said forward Vaclav Varada. "We had a nice time there."

Coach Bryan Murray has a residence in Fort Lauderdale. He enjoyed the break by spending some down time with his family there.

"I went down with my wife, my daughter and granddaughter. It was 86 degree (Fahrenheit) weather, so it was pretty good."

Chris Phillips and his family enjoyed a western Caribbean cruise.

Other players such as Brian Pothier and Chris Kelly opted to remain in winter-like conditions in order to visit family and friends.

"We went to Boston because both of us (wife Gwen) have family there," said Pothier "It was nice to let the kids run wild with their cousins."

Kelly ventured to Europe during the break.

"I spent about six days in Germany and Prague. I visited a former teammate, Andy Hedland, in Germany and then my uncle in Prague. He just had a baby. It was nice to see all the different buildings and experience the culture in those places."


Murray said his players looked out of shape at practice on Wednesday, but he expected that.

"This will be an adjustment for all of us to come back. Coaches don't lose their voices but this has got to be hard for the players. They looked tired out there today. We'll get them into condition and work a fair amount on skill work. Saturday or Sunday they'll feel better than they do now."

Kelly, like several other players, agreed he wasn't at his best at practice on Wednesday, but he expects a quick turnaround.

"We had a week off, so I guess this was a bit of a shock to the body. We'll feel better tomorrow and it will get better from there. We'll be fine when the season resumes."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10