Ray rips Alfredsson

BRUCH GARRIOCH AND SUN WIRES

, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

BOSTON -- Rob Ray fired a few shots in the direction of Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

The former Senators tough-guy, who was brought in from Buffalo by former GM John Muckler to play the role of spectator at playoff time for two springs, told TSN's Off the Record on Thursday that he doesn't think much of Alfredsson's leadership after being in the Ottawa dressing room.

"He's a good guy. I don't think he's a stand up, rah-rah' type of guy. He's a leader on the ice," said Ray, a commentator on Buffalo Sabres broadcasts on MSG. "And, I think that's a big part of the problem with that hockey team up there.

"Even when I was (in Ottawa), there was no one person who would stand up and take charge and you know, bat a head when it needed to happen," he said.

The Senators scoffed at the comments. Alfredsson said he hadn't seen them and didn't have any reaction.

"It's disappointing when you hear that," Sens coach/general manager Bryan Murray said.

I think Rob Ray sat in the stands last year when Alfredsson kind of led us past Buffalo, so, you take it with a grain of salt."

LUONGO'S A FATHER

VANCOUVER -- Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is a father.

Luongo's wife Gina gave birth to a girl Thursday afternoon in South Florida, the NHL team said yesterday. The seven-pound, six-ounce baby has been named Gabriella Anna after Gina's grandmother.

Luongo flew from Denver, where the Canucks played Wednesday night, to Florida to be present for the birth.

He returned to Minnesota so he could join his team for its game against the Wild last night.

MCCARTY RETURNS TO WINGS

DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Darren McCarty made his season debut with the Red Wings last night and was in the starting lineup against the St. Louis Blues.

McCarty, 35, has dealt with personal issues and substance abuse in recent years. He played in the NHL last season with the Calgary Flames.

He began his comeback with the Flint Generals of the IHL in January and has been nursing rib injuries since the Red Wings recalled him March 7 from Grand Rapids of the AHL. He was assigned to Grand Rapids on a conditioning loan after being signed by Detroit last month to a one-year contract.

McCarty played for the Red Wings from 1993-04, helping the team win Stanley Cup titles in 1997 -- when he scored the winning goal against Philadelphia -- 1998 and 2002.

He was joined in the starting lineup yesterday by familiar "Grind Line" linemates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby.

HURRICANES MAKE MOVES

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have activated centre Chad LaRose from injured reserve and placed right wing Patrick Eaves on the injured list.

LaRose started last night against Atlanta. He missed 21 games after breaking his leg Feb. 5 at Nashville. He has seven goals and 10 assists in 53 games.

Eaves had surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss up to three weeks.

TORTORELLA GETS US CALL

COLORADO SPRINGS-- Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella will coach the American team at the IIHF world hockey championship this May in Halifax and Quebec City.

"I'm honoured to be selected," said Tortorella, the winningest American-born coach in NHL history. "It truly is an honour to represent our country and I look forward to the opportunity."

"We're certainly pleased to have someone with John Tortorella's credentials coaching our world championship team," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey.


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