Sens worlds apart

Daniel Alfredsson (Bruce Bennett Studios)

Daniel Alfredsson (Bruce Bennett Studios)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The Senators will begin scattering around the hockey world in the next couple of days. While the likes of Todd White, Chris Neil, Mike Fisher, Brian Pothier and Josh Langfeld are headed for the newly formed Original Stars Hockey League, many Senators have found work in Europe.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson will begin training and playing with V Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League later this month, while winger Marian Hossa has signed a contract to play in his home town of Trencin, Slovakia.

Goaltender Dominik Hasek has agreed to a conditioning stint with the AHL's Binghamton Senators and also plans to play in the OSHL. Centre Jason Spezza and winger Antoine Vermette are both scheduled to play for the Baby Sens.

Defenceman Anton Volchenkov, who just played for Russia in the World Cup, could also be sent to Binghamton for camp Sept. 26, but he has agreed to a contract with the Moscow Dynamo, which means he may remain in Europe.

Winger Martin Havlat, who signed a one-year, $2.3-million deal with the club yesterday, has an option to play in either the Czech Republic or Switzerland. He'll make a decision in the next week.

A guy who isn't in any hurry to make a decision is defenceman Chris Phillips. He's pondered playing in the OSHL, but didn't like the schedule.

"I decided against the 4-on-4 league," said Phillips. "I'm in a situation where I'm probably just going to stay around here, work out every day and try to get some ice with some guys. That would have been tough for me to play in that league because you can be away for 10-12 days at a time and then only home for three or four."

One player who has plenty of options is Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara. He's had calls from Germany, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic and Slovakia. However, he injured his thumb playing for the Slovaks in the World Cup.

"He's got issues with his thumb and once he's fully recovered then we'll be able to make some kind of decision, but (Chara) has got a lot of options. There's plenty of demand," Chara's agent, Matt Keator, said yesterday.

An issue for all players is insurance. The OSHL is asking participants to pay for their own policy while the European clubs are paying the hefty insurance prices to bring in high-profile players.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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