Did Sabre cut too deep?

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

The Senators have another reason to be unhappy with Buffalo Sabres winger Adam Mair.

Two Senators players said yesterday the reason Mair sought out Dany Heatley after the Sabres' 6-5 win Thursday in Buffalo had nothing to do with apologizing for sucker-punching the Ottawa winger during a second-period melee.

The players claim Mair made a "classless" comment to Heatley about former Atlanta Thrashers winger Dan Snyder during a heated on-ice exchange. Snyder died six days after a car accident in September 2003 in Atlanta with Heatley at the wheel. Heatley wouldn't comment on the allegations and Mair chose his words carefully when approached by the Sun.

"That's between the both of us right now," said Mair, a teammate of Snyder's with the OHL's Owen Sound Platers for four years. "I talked to (Heatley) after the game. If he wants to comment, he can. That's done and over with."

Asked if he could repeat what he told Heatley, Mair said: "I'm not one who is going to bring up something that was Thursday or yesterday. I'm more concerned about the game tonight."

Senators centre Jason Spezza said he didn't hear Mair's words, but wasn't happy with the Sabres player. "He apologized to (Heatley). But it's still not right," said Spezza.


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