No more moves for Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:54 PM ET

The Senators roster is set.

Senators coach Cory Clouston confirmed this morning the club doesn't plan any changes through the rest of the week ... the 23 players left in Ottawa will be on the roster going into the season, which kicks off Saturday night at the New York Rangers. But, Clouston said no one -- particularly newcomers Erik Karlsson, Peter Regin and Matt Carkner -- should get feeling too comfortable.

"It's not like making a midget or junior team, every day they have to establish themselves," said Clouston today. "Their play up here will depend on their performance on the ice. They could be here for a week. They could be here for a year. Anything in between is possible as well."

Carkner, a Winchester native, said his parents were excited when he informed them late Tuesday he'd start the season with the NHL club.

"It's a great feeling just being here and being able to start the season after working hard throughout training camp," said Carkner. "I started training camp as a forward and I made it as a defenceman so you never know what is going to happen."

Clouston confirmed defenceman that Brian Lee was angry at being sent down to the AHL Binghamton Senators. Lee got caught in the Senators' salary crunch, and part of the decision to demote him involved his two-way contract. By moving him to the AHL, the Senators will be paying him just $62,500 ... a saving of about $800,000 compared to his NHL stipend.

"He should be. If you send a guy down in that situation and he's okay and comfortable then there should be a problem," Clouston said. "We expected him to be upset."


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