The Senators are ready to welcome back Dany Heatley, but he has some explaining to do.
After skating yesterday at the Bell Sensplex before training camp opens tomorrow at Scotiabank Place, players told reporters they're prepared for the onslaught of questions they're going to face if the troubled winger isn't dealt before the weekend.
"As players, we've been preparing for it and talking about it and I don't think he's going to change his position even if he comes," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We're going to talk about it with him, obviously, and I don't think it's going to be an issue.
"I don't think he has to go around the locker room (and talk to each player individually). He likes the guys and he'll do his best when he's with us. It's something we'll deal with. It's something that's part of the game sometimes. We're going to talk to him. I'm sure if he feels comfortable, he'll speak in front of the team and tell us what he's thinking."
Senators defenceman Chris Phillips said the players don't want Heatley's return to be awkward.
"We're going to try to make it as routine and normal as possible," said Phillips. "We're all going to have to speak to the media and answer questions about it. We'll get that out of the way and then we'll get back to business.
"I wouldn't want to put words in (Heatley's) mouth, but (a trade) is what he wants. Obviously, he's gotta talk to everybody about that.
"He's been fairly quiet about it. But after that, he wants to get back to business back on the ice. If he's here, he has to be committed to play his best until something happens or nothing happens."
Rookies beat Leafs
The Senators closed out their NHL rookie tournament in style with a victory over the archrival Maple Leafs last night in Kitchener.
The Senators, who finished with a 2-1 record, got a two-goal effort from Eric Condra and goal apiece from Craig Schira, Zack Smith, Brandon Svensen, Keegan Dansereau and Shea Guthrie.
"I was really happy with the way we used our assets," said Senators coach Don Nachbaur. "I thought our speed was a big difference in the game. We managed capitalize on our chances -- had we done that against Boston (in 4-3 loss Wednesday), we would have been 3-0."
Senators goaltender Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the victory.