Sens give Fisher 'A'

Mike Fisher was named the Senators' alternate captain on Friday. (Sun Media File)

Mike Fisher was named the Senators' alternate captain on Friday. (Sun Media File)

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, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

The Senators have named veteran Mike Fisher an alternate captain, and allowed defenceman Christoph Schubert to move on to the Atlanta Thrashers.

The squad made the announcements at a morning skate on Friday, just before leaving for New York where they will open the regular season on Saturday night against the Rangers.

"He's a very good leader. He brings what we are looking for," said coach Cory Clouston of handing the "A' to Fisher.

Although he had missed practice earlier this week with for undisclosed 'minor things," Fisher was back on the ice Friday. He gets the 'A' left behind by the departure of Dany Heatley in a trade to the San Jose Sharks. Heatley had asked to be traded earlier this summer.

"It's definitely a nice honour but we have lots of guys in our who are leaders," said Fisher, who is expected to be in the lineup for Saturday's game.

Schubert, meanwhile, was picked up off reentry waivers by the Thrashers at noon today. The Thrashers get Schubert for $450,000 of his $900,000 salary -- the rest must be paid by Ottawa.

Senators GM Bryan Murray said he got a phone call from a team in need of defensive help on Thursday, so he decided to put Schubert on reentry waivers immediately.

"It will save us some cash and it saves us a spot for some younger players," said Murray, "and just as important Schubie has been a pretty good guy for us. I said 'if there is a chance for you to go somewhere, I will make that happen.'"


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