Sens open camp

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:35 PM ET

Daniel Alfredsson wasn't complaining about the short summer.

"It was long enough for me," said the Senators captain this morning.

After getting knocked off by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final back in June, the Senators returned to work today at Scotiabank Place with 47 players reporting for medicals.

Summer for the Senators was less than three months long, but the only way to get a long off-season is to either miss the playofffs or get knocked out early. And after last year's run, Alfredsson said the Senators would be just as happy to have another short summer in 2008.

"It's exciting to be back," said Alfredsson. "Every year is different. We've just got to be ready for the new challenge. It was a rollercoaster season last year. I think we learned a lot from it."

The on-ice sessions won't start until Saturday. Tomorrow, the players will participate in the club's annual golf tournament. The first exhibition game is scheduled for Tuesday in London, Ont., against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Everybody is geared up," said coach John Paddock -- who took over the duties from Bryan Murray -- who has been elevated to general manager -- in the summer. "We expect the players to come back with just as much hunger."

Only goalie Ray Emery (wrist surgery) and centre Mike Fisher (groin) are hurting. They may not take part in the first few sessions with the team, but aren't expected to miss all of camp.

"I just want to take care of it and be cautious," said Fisher. "We don't want to have any problems with it down the road."

Emery, who had surgery on his wrist in June, said he won't be long in getting back to full speed.

"I expect to be 100% shortly," said Emery, who heads into camp with the No. 1 goaltender's job his to lose -- a complete reversal from last season when newly-signed MArtin Gerber was considered the starter.


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