LESS PAIN IN THE PLEXIGLAS: You're going to notice more give to the glass behind the nets at Scotiabank Place this season. The Senators decided to take out the seamless glass and install the old Plexiglas with dividers -- a move that's supposed to lower the risk of injuries. "We took a survey of our players last season and to a man they all agreed we should go back to the old Plexiglas," said Senators president Roy Mlakar yesterday. "We felt this was the way to go and I believe that 75% of the rinks in the league are going to go this way. It's just safer for the players, and the other fact is, it's easier to work with. We believe it's going to be a lot better."
A NEW LOOK: Juniors Nick Foligno (Sudbury, OHL), Cody Bass (Mississauga, OHL) and J.C. Sawyer (Cape Breton, QMJHL) haven't looked out of place. Senators GM John Muckler and coach Bryan Murray aren't sure when they're going to send them back to junior, but don't be surprised if Foligno and Bass get the opportunity to play in an exhibition game. "We'd like to give them a chance, and with so many games we have that opportunity," said Murray.