Senators coach splits up big line

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg says it's time for the guys with the big paycheques to earning their salaries.

Hartsburg says he will split up the big trio of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

"Obviously, we're disappointed in the whole team," said Hartsburg. "To me, to stand here and point the fingers at three players isn't fair.

"Those guys aren't scoring goals together or as much as they did in the past. I don't like to talk about money, but they're paid a lot of money and they should be able to make the other players around them better.

"In the past, we've always counted on the three of them to carry the team. From what I've seen so far, that's probably not going to happen."

Disappointed by his team's poor effort in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta Tuesday, Hartsburg had the players skate back and forth, without pucks, for 12 minutes at the end of practice.

'TIME TO WAKE UP'

"(That was a message that) it's time to wake up and get to work," said Hartsburg. "We can't really sit many players out. We have to wake some people up to work. There are some people who don't work hard enough to have success ... Obviously, we're all frustrated and tired of it."

The players know they have to improve. Centre Mike Fisher was frustrated during practice and threw his stick over the glass.

"We have to find a way to get wins," said Fisher. "It's working hard and working smart together. If you don't have everyone working together, you're not accomplishing a whole lot."


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