Senators knee-d Heatley to step up

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

OTTAWA -- The Senators will have to soldier on without their general.

As the players were preparing to practise yesterday, the coaching staff walked into the dressing room at 10:10 a.m. to announce captain Daniel Alfredsson was having knee surgery and wouldn't play in tonight's home opener against the Detroit Red Wings.

It's not all bad news for the Senators. Mike Fisher makes his season debut tonight after missing the first two games with a groin injury.

Alfredsson, however, will be out 10-14 days after having a short procedure to repair a floating bone chip in his right knee. J.P. Barry, Alfredsson's agent, didn't expect any complications.

"I'm sure the surgery went well," Barry said. "You take the piece (of bone) out now because it can cause inflammation and it can lock up the knee. They were just better to get it out before it causes any damage and you want to make sure that it is under control."

Alfredsson shouldn't miss more than three games, but the Senators were just 3-8-1 last season without him.

Calgarian Dany Heatley was handed the captain's 'C' by head coach Craig Hartsburg.


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