November 14, 2006
Redden shutting down until groin heals
By CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun
The good news, I guess, is Wade Redden is pretty sure it's not his adductor.
The other good news is the Senators defenceman is not Dominik Hasek, something he has proven (not that there was any doubt) already this season by trying to battle through the nagging groin injury that once again has him on the shelf.
This time, as Redden said yesterday, there's no timetable for his return.
After having the groin injury dog him since training camp and trying to play through it, Redden shut it down, missing last night's game against the Montreal Canadiens and the rest of the upcoming week, too, at least.
"In hindsight, I guess I tried to come back too quick," the Senators' franchise defenceman said yesterday.
He's missed four games with it and struggled the rest of the time with it. Ottawa coach Bryan Murray guessed yesterday Redden has been just close to 100% for only one game this season.
Redden tweaked it again Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, tried to gut it out Saturday night against the Boston Bruins and now, wisely, has packed it in for a while.
"It's back to the drawing board," said Redden. "Hopefully (a return) will be sooner rather than later. We're trying not to set a time frame. We've got to give it time and let it run its course. I can't play through it. We've got to get it to where I can contribute the way I can."
Redden is a company man. He gave the Senators what amounted to a hometown discount to stay during the off-season. He tried to gut it out. As much as the team needs him now during a difficult stretch, it's not going to do anybody any good for him to perform at way less than his potential, increase the chance of hurting himself more seriously and increase the amount of time it is going to take before he gets to 100% (or as close to 100% any player gets once the season has started.)
He said it hurts him not to be in there now when the Senators need him most.
"It's so tough to watch and not be out there when the team is going through a tough stretch," he said.
HEAR AND THERE: After Montreal D Mike Komisarek scored another shortie against Ottawa last night, the Habs fans in the building started that mocking "Gerb-er, Gerb-er!" chant. At least I think it was the Habs fans ... Great job by Senators W Denis Hamel on the Senators' first goal. He got Canadiens D Sheldon Souray with a cross-check in the back, which got Souray running after him, then went to the front of the net and screened G Cristobal Huet. The best part? Hamel was credited with the goal, but was shaking his head, saying "not mine," on the bench when it was announced. That's hockey.
THE BUZZ: Patrick Roy went into the Hall of Fame last night and the next step would be to see his No. 33 retired by the Habs. Problem is, he hasn't helped his cause with his war of words this week with Canadiens rookie W Guillaume Latendresse (of the rookie's first goal, Roy said, "Oh, he finally touched the puck?"). Roy also ticked off some of the Habs' influential old-timers when he walked out on the team in 1995. There wouldn't be any of those guys who would say, "You put his up, you take mine down," would there?
REVELATIONS: Nice to see where former 67's captain Zenon Konopka was named the AHL's player of the week. He had eight points and was plus-6 in three games for the Portland Pirates. Always a heart-and-soul guy, Konopka is adding some skill to the mix. He's sixth in league scoring with 19 points in 15 games ... One of the guys Konopka beat out this week was former Senator F Brandon Bochenski...With Redden out, Senators coach Bryan Murray will closely monitor the ice time of a guy like Andrej Meszaros. Murray thinks his effectiveness really declines once he gets beyond 24 minutes or so. He was averaging just 38 seconds a shift last night through two periods for a total of 11:36.
SPECULATIONS: The best clutch and grab of the night was the linesman on Ottawa tough guy Brian McGrattan in the first period. McGrattan was going berserk after Komisarek momentarily stunned McGrattan with a high hit into the glass ... They were on the ice together in the second and McGrattan had a chance to nail him in the corner, but just missed. That's one that will bear watching for a while ... The Senators announced Spartacat as the new mayor of Ottawa in the second period. Apparently he did get more votes than Bob Chiarelli.
JUST WONDERING: Okay, fans, 'fess up: During the national anthem, when the little minor hockey kid was out there standing beside Gerber, how many of you turned to the person beside you and said, "Maybe they'd be better off with the kid in there.?" ... Who would you take in a fight between the two captains last night? It looked like Montreal's Saku Koivu and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson might tangle in the second, but not a good idea for Koivu, who suffered a near career-ending eye injury in the playoffs last spring ... Okay, just so you know: The Senators power play was a plus-2 on the season after Komisarek's shortie in the first. They had scored nine and allowed seven, so at least they have that going for them.
PARTING SHOTS: Don't look now, but Montreal's Radek Bonk, who's being ripped in Montreal for lack of production, has as many or more goals than 14 Senators skaters ... Yeesh, Montreal's Sergei Samsonov looked a lot like Jason Pominville for a few seconds near the end of an Ottawa power play in the first period.