Tocchet charges stun Sens

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

NEW YORK -- The Senators were taken aback when they learned of the news regarding gambling charges against Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet.

The news broke as many in the club's entourage were arriving at the airport in Ottawa for the flight here for tonight's game against the Rangers.

"I'm shocked," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "It's certainly going to be news for some time now with people like that involved.

"It's disappointing for all of us that this could happen."

DOM ON BROADWAY: Murray said Dominik Hasek will start in net tonight for the Senators, but no determination has been made who will play the other two games heading into the Olympic break.

DAY OFF FOR WADE: Senators D Wade Redden was given yesterday off, but will be back at his post tonight.

JAGR HAUNTS SENS: Rangers W Jaromir Jagr is the all-time goal-scoring leader against the Senators with 32 goals in 48 career games. He also has 31 assists for an impressive total of 63 points in those 48 games.

McGRATTAN ON MEND: Senators W Brian McGrattan took a skate yesterday, but didn't last long because of his swollen right eye, injured in a fight with Buffalo's Andrew Peters last Saturday. Murray said McGrattan had some drops put in his eye and McGrattan had problems handling the light. McGrattan did travel here with the team. F Steve Martins, meanwhile, was reassigned to Binghamton with C Mike Fisher ready to rejoin the lineup after missing Monday night's game with the flu. Fisher practised yesterday between Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette. Chris Kelly was between Vaclav Varada and Patrick Eaves. The big line was intact as was the Peter Schaefer-Bryan Smolinski-Chris Neil line.

ALFIE BIG FAN OF LUNDQVIST'S: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson likes the looks of Rangers rookie G Henrik Lundqvist, with whom he played last year in Sweden. "He was spectacular. Consistent every night, I thought, especially in the playoffs. He was probably our best player," said Alfredsson.


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