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Senators set final roster

Monday, 01.10.2007 / 11:19 AM / News
By Rob Brodie  -
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Senators set final roster
Whether you’re a grizzled veteran or a wide-eyed rookie filled with the biggest of hopes, the news is never easy to digest.

So it was that five players trudged out the doors of Scotiabank Place on Monday morning wearing a clear look of disappointment after getting the word that they won’t be starting the season with the Ottawa Senators. Instead, defenceman Brian Lee and Lawrence Nycholat, and forwards Denis Hamel, Alexander Nikulin and Ilja Zubov are headed south to join the Sens’ American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. Nycholat must first clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before his move is complete.

For Lee, the Senators’ top pick in the 2005 entry draft, the end of his first National Hockey League training camp wasn’t easy to take. But it was tempered by the thought he’d competed well against what he called “an all-star lineup” of Sens blueliners.

“I don’t really have any regrets. I came and worked hard,” said Lee, 20. “I feel like I played pretty well when I was here. Hopefully, they’ll be able to call me up if somebody gets hurt or something like that.

“I just have to go and work hard in the American League and see what happens.”

When the B-Sens face the Albany River Rats on Saturday, it’ll mark Game 1 of Lee’s professional career. That thought brought a smile to his face.

“I’m real excited about playing games that actually count and getting going,” he said.

The Senators, meanwhile, will start the season with a 22-man roster. Making the cut out of camp were rookie left-winger Nick Foligno, who produced eight points in seven pre-season games, and veteran defenceman Luke Richardson. Goaltender Brian Elliott is being kept with the big club until injured starter Ray Emery is ready for game action.

"Nick Foligno has done enough to stay here, but it doesn't mean he's made the team on a permanent basis," said head coach John Paddock. "He's just got to continue to do what he's done and force us to keep him here, no matter what. He's going to get a good opportunity and it's going to be up to him to maintain it."

The 22nd spot on the roster is occupied by forward Dean McAmmond, who is still suffering from concussion symptoms in the wake of a head blow he took from Philadelphia Flyers winger Steve Downie last week.

Three players who suffered injuries during training camp – defenceman Matt Carkner (hand), and forwards Niko Dimitrakos (hip) and Josh Hennessy (shoulder) – also remain in Ottawa for the time being.

The Senators open their 15th NHL season Wednesday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Fewer than 300 tickets remain for Ottawa’s home-opener on Thursday at Scotiabank Place, also against the Leafs.




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31


B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21