Schubert happy to be back

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

The Senators will showcase Christoph Schubert in tonight's game at Scotiabank Place against the Calgary Flames.

With tomorrow's trade deadline looming, the 27-year-old defenceman/forward will play on the team's fourth line, replacing a healthy Shean Donovan.

In his seventh season with the organization, Schubert has been a healthy scratch for the last 11 games, 26 in total.

"You can see it however you want, I'm just happy I'm back in the lineup," Schubert said after this morning's skate. "If you want to say it's a showcase, then showcase me. Hopefully I can do my best out there and maybe (GM) Bryan Murray will get something better out of me."

Schubert, who is well aware of the constant rumours swirling around him, claims he is past fretting about the possibility of being traded.

"I can sleep," he said. "I've got nothing to worry about. Like I said, I would like to stay, but it's not in my hands. If there are some other teams that want me, that's a good sign for me. I'm fine. I'm not nervous at all."

Meanwhile, the Senators placed Ottawa native Brendan Bell on waivers today. Bell is slated to be in the lineup versus Calgary, but if he gets claimed before puck drop the team will likely just move Schubert back to the blue line and re-activate Donovan.

Calgary was active on the waiver wire today, claiming defenceman Lawrence Nycholat from Vancouver. Nycholat, who the Senators traded in the offseason for Ryan Shannon, will join the Flames tomorrow.

Shannon will start tonight's game on the Senators first line, alongside Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley.

Daniel Alfredsson-Mike Fisher-Nick Foligno will form a unit coach Cory Clouston wants to match up against Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

Ottawa will start Alex Auld in goal, with Brian Elliott serving as his backup.


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