'Gades to camp at Kemptville

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

No announcement has been made yet, but the Renegades have reached an agreement to once again hold their training camp at Kemptville Agricultural College. By the way, only 41 days remain until the players take the field and there's still no resolution in an ownership situation that was supposed to be cleared up in early December.

The best thing that could happen is as it always has been -- Ottawa needs the Gliebermans back, if only (for now) as partners to the existing owners. They'll spend whatever it takes to ensure the team is competitive, and they'll get people in the seats.

HERE'S THE BEEF: Another reason Jeff Hunt is an owner guys love to play for: On an off-day in Sudbury, Hunt took everyone to Mr. Prime Rib and let them order anything off the menu they wanted. Another reason Brian Kilrea is a coach/GM owners would love to have: He told the players in no uncertain terms they wouldn't be taking advantage of Hunt's generosity by requesting the one-pound Sultan's Cut, the most expensive item at the restaurant ... Surprised we haven't already seen new Nike commercials since Tiger Woods' remarkable shot on No. 16 on Sunday at the Masters. In an ad maker's dream, the "swoosh" could not have been more perfectly centred on the ball during that dramatic pause before it dropped into the hole. Has to be only a matter of time before we're convinced to "Buy Nike -- for that little extra roll."

NEWS AND VIEWS: Along with a number of scouts, Senators coaches past and present have attended the last two Nepean Raiders/Hawkesbury Hawks games at the Sportslex -- Jacques Martin (Thursday) and Bryan Murray (Sunday). Both are nicely tanned, too, suggesting they have found a golf course or two worth spending time on during the lockout ... Renegades QB Kerry Joseph is assisting his personal strength and conditioning coach -- the renowned Tom Shaw -- as he works out the top high school players in the U.S. for college scouts. Joseph is said to be down to a lean and mean 215 lbs. (from 223 when he reported to camp last May) and champing at the bit to get back to some unfinished business he left behind in Ottawa ... The Sudbury Wolves could really use Tim Marks, who they picked in the 14th round of the 2001 OHL priority selection. A 6-foot-3, 205-lb. centre, Marks entered last night as Nepean's leading playoff scorer (eight goals and eight assists in 12 games) and best all-round player. He has made a "verbal commitment" to attend Clarkson on a scholarship, but not until the season after next. Meanwhile, the Raiders may get one more year out of Marks and -- with the likes of him, Andrew Mather and Phil Farrow -- their offence would be in capable hands for 2005-06.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Brian McGrattan continues to shatter the AHL penalty-minute record of 522 in one season. Going into last night's game against Syracuse (the second last on the regular-season schedule), the big Binghamton Senators right winger had 544 PIMs. Meanwhile, RW Chris Neil has 132 PIMs (to go along with four goals and six assists) in 20 games for Bingo, a pace which also would have him eclipsing the old mark with 528. Having those two on the same team for a whole season sure would wear down the hinges on the box door -- while keeping opposing players honest -- wouldn't it? .... Judging by the severity of the Kyle Musselman suspension, guess it was Mike Foligno (and not Kilrea, as Foligno suggested) who was trying to snow the media in assessing the attack on Mark Mancari. At least, OHL commish Dave Branch was in the majority who thought Musselman did a Todd Bertuzzi impersonation Monday night at the Civic Centre. Meanwhile, some of those who know Musselman say he couldn't have been trying to make a reputation for himself a la Bertuzzi, and some of those who have played for Foligno say it wouldn't have been the first time he sent a player over the boards to goon it up.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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