Schubert lucky to be intact

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

Everything was ... how shall we put it ... still working for Christoph Schubert yesterday.

Yes, that's good news.

While Senators coach Bryan Murray yesterday was calling for Toronto winger Chad Kilger to be suspended for his spear to Schubert's groin on Tuesday, the defenceman was able to laugh it off.

"I didn't really trip (Kilger) on purpose. I was falling down and the next thing I see I just got a stick on my two lovely friends. I don't know, it's funny for me now," said Schubert. "I saw (the replay yesterday). It was pretty funny. That's why we have the cup on. Thank God, I have one. I'm going to switch to the goalie one."

Murray said he didn't send a tape of the incident to the league because NHL VP Colin Campbell and his staff watch replays of all the games. Kilger was whistled for roughing.

"The call will come from the hockey operations department," said Murray, who doesn't expect any further discipline to be meted out. "And I think they've been very tough on people that do things: Hits to the head, spearing and things of that nature. That's up to them. We can't concern ourselves with it."

Referee Bill McCreary didn't see the spear and told Schubert to get up while he was lying on the ice in pain.

"(McCreary) told me to get up. I was asking him why he was yelling at me. I asked him at the beginning of the third," said Schubert. "I said, 'I'd like to see you if you got a stick in your two friends'. He was asking: 'Did he really hit you?' I said: 'You think I'm acting here?' And, then he said, 'Oh I'm sorry.' He didn't really see it. He apologized, but we were laughing about it."

TALKS FALLING APART: Unless he has a change of heart, C Yanic Perreault won't be wearing a Senators uniform this season. While GM John Muckler has held talks with representatives for the 34-year-old unrestricted free agent, the talks broke down yesterday and Perreault is likely headed elsewhere. The Predators, Blackhawks, Lightning, Islanders, Rangers, Panthers and Coyotes have also shown an interest. Perreault, who is great on faceoffs, had 58 points last season with the Predators. Many insiders think he's going to sign somewhere in the next 24 hours, but the Senators are reluctant to pay out the $1 million US Perreault wants. Chicago GM Dale Tallon confirmed yesterday that with injuries to Fs Michal Handzus and Martin Havlat the club is looking at bringing in Perreault.

ROTATION CONTINUES: Murray said G Ray Emery will start tonight vs. Toronto ahead of G Martin Gerber as the Senators continue to use both goalies. "As long as the team is playing well and the guys are playing well, it's not a hard thing to continue," said Murray. "If something happens, that I decide to alter it, it may be because of performance."

MLAKAR IMPRESSED: Senators president Roy Mlakar liked what he heard in his first visit with incoming Penguins owner Jim Balsillie on Tuesday. Balsillie was a guest in Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk's suite at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. "He's a super guy," said Mlakar. "He's really keen on creative, innovative strategies that he can bring to the Pittsburgh market. He's a really positive-thinking guy. Pittsburgh is going to be in the best shape they've been in since I came into the league. He's going to be tremendous for the organization."


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