Sen would prefer to sit than accept cap

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

Asked if he'd support a cap to get back to playing in the NHL, Senators winger Marian Hossa politely refused. "Not a chance," said Hossa, referring to the league's insistence of a salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement .

"I thought we made a good offer and I thought it would get us back to playing. Hopefully, they'll be able to get something done, but it's not looking very good."

After spending the holiday in Slovakia, Hossa and his younger brother Marcel made their way back to Mora, Sweden, for a game against Farjestad -- which included Senators blueliner Zdeno Chara in its lineup.

But if the NHL season is cancelled, Marian Hossa won't be finishing the year in Sweden. Instead he'll play there until the end of January and then return to Trencin for the playoffs. After that, Hossa will prepare for the world championship.

"I didn't want to sign here for the whole year," said Hossa. "I only wanted to come here because I had the chance to play with my brother Marcel.

"We've been playing on the same line and that's been something we'll remember, but it would be fun to be back in the NHL as well."

CHATTED WITH PHILLIPS

Hossa has kept in touch with teammates Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson, and also had a chat with defenceman Chris Phillips after a game against Gavle. Ideally, Hossa would like to be playing in the NHL, but he's not gong to come back at any cost. He wants the players' association to get the right deal.

"We all know why this is happening. The players have tried to do something to get a deal done by offering them a 24% pay cut and they just turned it down," said Hossa.

"We wanted something to happen. Now, we're going to have to wait and see if something can get done. Who knows how long that will be?"

SPEZZA'S THE MAN: Senators C Jason Spezza was named the AHL's player of the week yesterday for his two goals and three assists in five games with Binghamton last week.


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