Murray must take Boll by horns and add tough guy

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Evident again last night was the fact Bryan Murray MUST make a big trade.

If not in name, then at least size.

The Senators were taking all sorts of physical abuse from the feisty Blue Jackets, particularly Jared Boll.

At one point the rough rookie ran Daniel Alfredsson, and paid no consequences for his action.

Earlier, he went after Wade Redden with a full head of steam, only to miss him and almost wind up in the Ottawa bench. For that, Boll was dropped by what appeared to be an accidental (and gentle) spear by Christoph Schubert. That's it, that's all.

In the third, after demolishing Redden with a clean hard hit early in the third, Boll was confronted by Mike Commodore as the two came to blows near the Senators bench.

Good for Commodore to put his foot down.

After Chris Neil left the game in the first period with a leg injury -- and with Brian McGrattan a healthy scratch -- the Senators were left noticably shorthanged in the muscle department.

They've talked about how size matters, how they have to get bigger to take on a team like Anaheim, and they have yet to answer that need at the forward position.

Whether he gets a big-name player or not, Murray has to get some toughness the coaching staff feels comfortable enough using on at least a semi-regular basis.

STARTS AND STOPS

If the Senators are going to swing a deal for Sergei Fedorov, it sounds like they'll be stealing him from under the nose of the Red Wings, who are rumoured to be planning on a reunion with the Russian centre. And if he's able to do that, Murray might want to put a call into Anna Kournikova. Stats-wise, Fedorov has never been close to the same since his breakup with one of the hottest tennis players to ever grace the courts. Of course, he has also spent most of that time with the Jackets. That aside, word is when it comes to leadership skills and the respect of teammates, Fedorov never did have much of either ... A little more chemistry is evolving with the line of Cory Stillman, Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly. His two playmates were major contributors in Stillman's first goal as a Senator, with Vermette making the nice feed and Kelly planting himself in G Pascal Leclaire's face. Later, Kelly came to Stillman's defence when he was crushed by Gilbert Brule, but then found himself Boll and Dan Fritsche ... Pay attention kids -- even Alfredsson wears long underwear during these frigid times. A toque, too. "My mom used to say, never worry about how you look," Alfredsson recalled. Clearly, he lived by those words during the Krusty era.

BETWEEN PERIODS

W Dany Heatley knows who/what butters his bread. Asked about his four-game slump after yesterday's morning skate, he refused to point fingers at at person. "I'm gonna blame the pucks and the ice," said Heatley. "Never my hands." ... Scouts at the game were from Vancouver, Florida, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Immediate thought from that? Olli Jokinen ... Anton Volchenkov delivered the first big hit of the game, but it was almost a gimme. Columbus C Jiri Novotny skated right into him. Commodore also gave the former Sabres' first-round pick a rough ride into the boards ... Entering the game, Neil led the league in minor penalties. Not a good stat for a tough guy who sits in the Top 10 in penalty minutes despite having half as many fights as the other nine.

HMMMMMMM....

Ottawa has to be able to do a better job of fighting through tight checking then it did last night. A soft shot from the point stopped by Leclaire at 6:30 of the second period was just its seventh shot on goal ... Scalper greeted me on my way inside the building. "How are you tonight Mr. Garrioch?" he asked. For the last time, I'm the Sun sportswriter who still has all his hair, okay?

LAST CALLS

However I spelled the name of G Ray Emery's buddy who donned the gear to face shots at practice the other day, I was wrong. Paul Schonfelder was the 67's emergency goalie in 1999-2000, when Seamus Kotyk and Levente Szuper were taking them to the Memorial Cup. Schonfelder's from Stoney Creek, near Emery's Cayuga hometown, and regularly provides injured Senators with a goalie who doesn't mind staying around.


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