Minor move saves $1M

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Alexei Kaigorodov is bound for the American Hockey League.

While he might be in for a culture shock riding the buses, Kaigorodov, 23, was assigned to the AHL's Binghamton Senators yesterday and he's scheduled to make his debut tonight against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Demoting Kaigorodov to the minors gets $1 million off the books as the Senators look to bring in a No. 2 centre. It gives GM John Muckler some flexibility to make a move as the total spent by the club drops to $41.8 million -- with the salary cap set at $44 million.

There was some belief the Senators might send Kaigorodov, 23, back to his Russian club, Magnitogorsk, but it's believed the team decided on the AHL after a discussion with Kaigorodov's agent Anton Thun.

GETTING THE RING: Carolina Hurricanes officials confirmed yesterday they will bring G Martin Gerber's Stanley Cup ring to Ottawa and he'll be presented with it tomorrow. Senators coach Bryan Murray has confirmed Gerber will make the start against his former team. "They know him. He knows them. I think it's a great challenge, there's some pressure for him," said Murray. "Playing at home against a team like that gives us a chance to do a measuring of a lot of things. If you bring in Martin Gerber and sign him to a contract after he played with them last season, he deserves a chance to go against them." Gerber said he's not trying to treat this as a special night just because he won a Cup with the Canes last spring. "It's going to be an exciting game for sure. It's going to be a tough battle. They are a good team and it's going to be exciting," said Gerber. "It was my choice to leave. I was free to go. I moved on. There's nothing to prove. I want to have a good performance and I want to win the game. That's for sure."

REDDEN READY?: After skating for the first time in a week yesterday, blueliner Wade Redden declared he hopes to play tomorrow night against the Canes. A final decision won't be made until this morning, but coach Bryan Murray has told Redden if his groin isn't 100%, he shouldn't come back immediately. "That was the whole thing we indicated from the outset," said Murray. "He got hurt in training camp, like Peter Schaefer did, and it never really got to a point where he felt 100% comfortable. We continued to say, 'We want you. We need you.' At this point in time, our team needs that kind of player available to us, but I don't want him to play until he's ready to play at 100%. It doesn't do him any good. The perception of him is that he's not playing as well when he's not healthy and it doesn't do the team a lot of good because we know he might go out at any time during the game."

Redden looked good during the workout and said he didn't feel any pain afterwards. "It's good to be on the ice again. It felt pretty good. I'm pretty happy with it," said Redden. "I don't think there's concern. First time I've been on it in a few days. It reacted really well." Redden said he will skate today and then make a final decision. "I can't say right now. I don't know if I will be in or not," said Redden. "I'd like to get in and get a game. It's going to be a big one for us. I want to be back."


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