Sens consider 'backup' plan

BRUCE GARRIOCH; SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:40 PM ET

BOSTON -- The Ottawa Senators could be going to a "backup" plan.

Sens coach Craig Hartsburg told reporters this morning he will speak with GM Bryan Murray later today, but there's a chance the club could call up Brian Elliott from its AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

If so, he could start tomorrow against the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place. The club closed out an eight-game road trip with a 1-6-1 record -- earning just three of a possible 16 points on the trip.

Coming off a 6-4 loss to the Boston Bruins Thursday at the TD Banknorth Garden, the Senators were forced to stay overnight in Boston and will return home this morning.

Goaltenders Martin Gerber and Alex Auld have been sub-par of late as the club allowed 33 goals in the eight games on this road trip. Hartsburg said the club is looking at all its options and the rumour mill is working full time that neither he nor Murray are safe, either.

Hartsburg said the goaltenders seem be following a trend first exhibited by many of their teammates. Effort but no results.

"It's not 'cause they don't care or they're not trying. They just aren't making the saves," said Hartsburg. "You can't hide it. That's fact."

Hartsburg said defenceman Filip Kuba will return but Anton Volchenkov isn't ready to come back from a shoulder injury. Winger Nick Foligno, who suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury against the Bruins, may be able to play.

"We've missed Kuba. There's no question," said Hartsburg.


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