Murray feels for players

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Senators coach Bryan Murray says he understands Zdeno Chara's frustration.

But Murray warned the players are going to have to adjust to the way the NHL is calling the game or the parade to the penalty box is only going to continue once the regular season starts in less than 10 days.

Chara told the Sun that the way game is being called is "frustrating" because it's taking some of the physical play away.

"The players are frustrated because of the number of penalties being called, but there still has to be room in the game for guys like (Chara) to be able to use his strength and size," said Murray.

"I don't think that should be taken away and I don't think it will be taken away. Are there some questionable calls right now? Sure, there are some questionable calls, but the officials are also trying to figure out exactly the way the game should be called. I would think they will be getting direction from the people at the NHL's hockey operations department as well."

NOT ALONE

Chara isn't alone in wondering exactly what is allowed at the moment.

"What (Chara) said. I'm just going to repeat everything he said," Senators defenceman Chris Phillips said with a laugh yesterday after a group of reporters met with Chara -- who wasn't backing down from the comments he made to the Sun on Saturday.

"I'm in a situation myself where I'm trying to find out exactly what is happening," said Phillips. "I've been taking some penalties as well that I'm wondering about right now. There are things that you can't do and we're in that period right now where we're trying to find out just exactly what you can do. It just seems like as soon as you remove your hand for your stick, then they are going to be watching out for you."

Murray said a boarding call made against Chara on Friday in Binghamton was questionable because all he was doing using size and strength.

"(Chara) hit the guy and he was a lot bigger than the guy. He deserved the penalty because he was just a little guy. The guy (Chara) hit was an AHL player and I guess the referee knew him so he just wanted to protect the little guy," said Murray with a sly smile.


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