Alfie out at least a week

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will have to grin -- barely -- and bear it when it comes to his latest injury.

He will be out for at least a week with a fractured jaw after being hit by a shot off the stick of teammate Dany Heatley in Colorado on Tuesday night against the Avalanche.

"I have no idea," said Alfredsson when asked how long he will be out. "I need time away with no contact for a week. We'll look at it again next week and go from there."

Alfredsson's jaw was swollen on the left side when he met with the media after the Senators skated in preparation for last night's game against the Canucks.

Alfredsson showed remarkable recuperative powers when he came back after missing just 10 days following knee surgery earlier this season. He was obviously chomping at the bit to play last night, but his argument had no bite with team doctors.

He asked if it would be possible to play with a cage or some other kind of full-face protection, but the doctors said another hit could mean Alfredsson would need surgery involving plates and screws.

"There's nothing I could put on and play (last night)," said Alfredsson. "We've just got to give it some time. I could jeopardize it if I play and take another blow."

Chris Kelly moved up to take Alfredsson's spot with Jason Spezza and Heatley last night against the Canucks. Josh Hennessy, called up from Binghamton of the AHL, took Kelly's spot on a line with Antoine Vermette and Jarkko Ruutu.

"There's a small little fracture in there, but knowing him, he could be back sooner rather than later," said Senators coach Cory Clouston.


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