Centre hopes to be Spezz dispenser

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Jason Spezza looked across the room at his new linemate and didn't miss a beat.

"If you think about it we're a natural fit: I like to move the puck and Dany Heatley likes to shoot. That should make us perfect for each other," said a smiling Spezza.

No, Senators coach Bryan Murray hasn't made any firm decisions, but he'll likely use Heatley as one of Spezza's wingers.

ALFIE SURPRISED: The players were surprised to see Marian Hossa dealt, but they understand why it was made. "It's tough to see a guy like Hossa, who you've got to know and become friends with over the years, go somewhere else, but we got a great young player in return. That's the good thing about this trade ... both teams were able to get great young players," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said.

NO PROBLEMS: The Atlanta Journal- Constitution reported yesterday that the district attorney's office in Atlanta is going to investigate how Heatley's trade to Ottawa will affect his probation. As part of his plea on charges of vehicular homicide in the death of teammate Dan Snyder, Heatley has to perform community service and give 150 speeches on the dangers of speeding. "We haven't had any calls from the authorities in Atlanta and we don't anticipate there is going to be any problems," said Heatley's agent, Stacey McAlpine.

LOOKING GOOD: Senators GM John Muckler was wearing the same tie to yesterday's press conference he had on the day G Dominik Hasek signed with the club. "I only wear this tie for the stars," Muckler said.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Senators may be looking at bringing back free-agent D Jason York. The Nepean native, who finished the 2003-04 season with Nashville, is believed to have been contacted by Ottawa after D Greg de Vries was part of the Hossa-Heatley deal. York played for the Senators from 1996-2001.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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