A Mezei situation

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

HUNTSVILLE -- The only hit John Paddock wanted to talk about yesterday was the golf ball he was knocking around a Muskoka golf course.

As for the one Anton Volchenkov put on Florida Panthers winger David Booth in Saturday's 4-1 win at Scotiabank Place, the Senators coach believes no further discussion is required.

"That's about the dumbest thing I've heard in hockey this year, anybody even talking about a suspension for (Volchenkov)," said Paddock.

Volchenkov got a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct after sending Booth into the end boards.

Booth was taken away on a stretcher.

A source said NHL vice-president Colin Campbell has reviewed the hit, but decided no further action was necessary.

Paddock believes Florida winger Branislav Mezei is more deserving of a suspension his hit on Senators winger Nick Foligno, who suffered a neck strain and left the game in the first period.

"I don't understand why people didn't question the Mezei hit because that was twice as bad as the Volchenkov thing. It's not even in the same ballpark," said Paddock.

The focus now for Paddock and the Senators is rest and relaxation.

The club, still flying high with a 8-1 record to start the season, caught a flight to the Muskokas on Sunday morning.

Gorgeous weather in the area north of Toronto has made for a perfect retreat as players fished or hit the golf course.

They watched the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the ALCS on Sunday and were planning on tuning in for last night's Monday Night Football game between Indianapolis and Jacksonville.

"I told the coaches the only thing that would be better is if we hadn't lost one game," said Paddock.

Accordng to Paddock, today's practice near Huntsville will be light.

He's not sure if injured forward Antoine Vermette (back) will take part.

There's a chance centre Dean McAmmond (concussion/shoulder) could be ready to play Saturday in New Jersey, which will open the new Prudential Center.

As for his club's efforts, Paddock couldn't be happier and he's not sure what areas the Senators could improve on at this point.

"I don't think there's anything in particular," said Paddock.

"It's tough to be consistent. There are times we've shown we can play better. The other teams deserve credit as well.

"I don't think there's anything we can complain about right now."


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