The Senators shed some weight yesterday.
One by one the prospects, hopefuls and longshots made the uncomfortable walk to GM Bryan Murray's office to get the news they didn't want to hear: You're cut.
Then they packed their equipment bags to prepare for the long drive to Binghamton or to return to their junior team.
With the club's AHL affiliate getting ready to open camp Sunday at the Broome County Arena, Murray and coach John Paddock decided it was time to get down to workable numbers so 13 players were sent packing.
There were no surprises among the cuts that left 35 players in camp.
Tough guy Jeremy Yablonski, who had his five minutes of fame by fighting Chris Neil in the Black and White game last Sunday, is gone to Binghamton, along with fellow forwards Tyler Donati, Chaz Johnson, Greg Mauldin, Jim McKenzie and Shawn Weller.
Joining them are defencemen Greg Armadio, Tomas Kudelka, Derek Smith and Geoff Waugh.
Goalie Ryan Daniels (Saginaw, OHL), LW Kaspar Daugavins (Mississauga, OHL) and 2007 No. 1 pick Jim O'Brien (Seattle, WHL) were returned to their junior clubs.
FISHER BACK: C Mike Fisher, who has been nursing a groin injury since the start of camp, skated with his teammates for the first time yesterday at the morning skate. "It was good. It was pretty light. I'm just going to ease my way in. I feel pretty good," said Fisher, who originally suffered the injury in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final in June. "I've just got to work my way up. I'm still not 100%, but I'm going in the right direction, that's for sure." Fisher said he hopes to play in two exhibition games, which means he could play next Saturday at Scotiabank Place vs. Montreal and Sunday in Washington against the Caps. "I've got to get cleared by the doctor and make sure everything is okay. It would be nice to get a few games in," said Fisher.