Murray hopes to check out Foppa

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Bryan Murray knows if he wants to get up close and personal with Peter Forsberg, he best be booking a flight to Finland.

The Senators GM said yesterday that he'll likely attend next month's Karjala Cup in Helsinki to get a look at the progress Forsberg has made during his recovery from ankle and groin injuries.

Forsberg, who announced Monday that he'll suit up for Sweden in the tournament from Nov. 8-11, has Murray and other NHL GMs chomping at the bit to go overseas and to check out the 34-year-old free-agent centre.

"I'm sure there are going to be a lot of GMs who are going to want to get a look at (Forsberg) and this is a chance to see where he's at," said Murray.

The Red Wings, Flyers, Avalanche and Stars have also shown an interest in Forsberg.

Detroit GM Ken Holland said assistant GM Jim Nill and the club's European scout will attend the tournament.

"We're interested, but let's factor in money, let's factor in term, let's factor in our needs," Holland told a Detroit newspaper.

Forsberg wants a chance to win another Stanley Cup.

"Obviously, if he comes back, he'll want to go to a team that challenges for a championship," said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. "That's just the way he is."

TICK, TICK, TICK: Senators F Nick Foligno celebrates his 20th birthday today and his mother Janis will arrive in town to help mark the event. He hopes it's all treats and no tricks as Foligno there's a chance his won't get to see him play tomorrow night against the Thrashers at Scotiabank Place. C Dean McAmmond (shoulder) will be a game-time decision and if he's ready to play, Foligno could be the odd man out, which means he could be sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton. "I've just got to keep doing the things that they ask and as long as I keep doing those things, then hopefully I can get the chance to stay," said Foligno. "You just handle it like anything else. It's part of hockey and it's something you have to deal with. There's always going to be someone coming in to try to steal your job. You've just got to make sure you do it a lot better. I haven't earned anything yet." Murray said if Foligno is going to be a healthy scratch, then he likely won't be kept because he needs to play to develop. However, with C Jason Spezza nursing a groin injury the situation could change.

OFF THE GLASS: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray has been impressed with the play of prospect D Brian Lee in Binghamton. "I thought there was going to be more of a learning curve for a guy going from a college schedule (40 games) to a man's schedule," said Murray, who spent the weekend with the Baby Sens. "There hasn't been much of a learning curve in the first seven or eight games. He's on our No. 1 unit. He's on our No. 1 (penalty-killing) and (power-play) units. He's got to be playing 25 minutes a game. He takes a physical beating in his own end and it doesn't bother him a bit. Every aspect of his game has been raised from the college level to the pro level. He's going to play at (the NHL) level, that's for sure." ... Senators assistant coach Ron Low has been pleased with the contribution that LW Shean Donovan has made. "If you look at the things he's done so far, he's played extremely well. He's played second, third or fourth line all the time," said Low. "He's played defensive roles and the goals he's scored have been big goals."\


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