Sens in the market for a d-man?
The Senators took a hit before they even stepped on the ice Friday at the HSBC Arena.
Centre Jason Spezza was a late scratch with a groin injury that has troubled him since the start of the season and is listed as day-to-day. The Senators were forced to dress Brian Lee as a forward in Spezza’s place.
There are no guarantees Spezza, who has a goal and four assists in five games, will suit up Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place because his injury requires rest.
Spezza initially injured his groin in practice before the regular season started. He took the opening game on Oct. 8 against the Sabres off, and made his season debut the next night in Toronto.
Spezza didn’t practise Wednesday, returned Thursday and expected to suit up Friday night against Buffalo, but wasn’t able to go.
Nobody was surprised to see the NHL throw the book at Rick Rypien on Friday. The Vancouver Canucks tough guy was suspended six games for an altercation with a fan in Minnesota on Tuesday. “You’ve got to have it in the back of your head that you can’t cross that line,” said Senators D Matt Carkner. “(The fans) are there, they paid their money for their ticket and it’s really not our place to grab a fan. They’ve got nothing to do with the game and nothing to do with what’s going on. That being said, he had two fights, he was pretty emotional. Sometimes you’re not thinking straight and I’m sure he’d say it was a waste of time. It’s not like he accomplished anything by grabbing him. He may have just wrinkled the guy’s jersey a little bit.” Former Sabres winger Rob Ray, who also had two stints with the Senators, recalled an incident in Quebec City in the early 1990s when a fan jumped into the Sabres bench and paid the price. “We threw him from the bench onto the ice and he ran from the ice right back at us on the bench,” said Ray. “I got him along the boards and it wasn’t good for him. I got him like 18 or 20 times. I let him go, he fell to the ice and the cops jumped on him and carried him off.” The closest Carkner has come to that kind of incident was a “one-finger salute” in the AHL that resulted in a one-game suspension … D Chris Campoli made a stop in the first off Buffalo’s Drew Stafford when G Brian Elliott was caught out of position.
This ’n’ that
Senators GM Bryan Murray has had “quite a few calls” from other GMs since he told reporters Wednesday in Ottawa he’s in the market for a defenceman with some muscle. So far, the pickings are slim and Murray hasn’t been able to find a fit. “Mostly it’s about (being offered) expensive players,” said Murray. There were 12 scouts from 12 different teams in the HSBC Arena Friday … With his hat trick, captain Daniel Alfredsson hit the magic 1,000-point mark, becoming just the 75th player to reach the milestone. But he said before Friday’s game he isn’t concerned about the historic number. “It’s there. I know about it. It’s not something I can say I care about. If it happens, it happens,” said Alfredsson, who scored the opening goal at 11:54 of the first, added another goal at 10:44 of the second and reached the milestone mark with an empty-netter at 19:38 of the third. “It’ll be a number I’ll probably look back at a few years from now, but right now I’ve got more pressing things that are more important. That’s just trying to get some wins. If we do that, I’ll probably get some points.”