Sens cut 16 from camp

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 PM ET

It was D-Day at Senators’ training camp.

Still, more cuts will have to be made.

Senators GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston swung their axe late Tuesday. By Wednesday, the 16 players sent packing were on an early-morning flight bound for Newfoundland to open training camp with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators.

The only surprise? That there are still 32 players left in camp with only three pre-season games remaining.

“It was important that we send those guys off to get them going,” said Clouston. “I’ve been in that situation where (Binghamton coach) Kurt (Kleinendorst) wants to get his team and get as much of his team so he can start working on some things.

“It’s tough sitting in the stands watching all these practices and watching all these players out there.”

The Senators had expected to keep 16 forwards, 10 defencemen and three goalies. Instead, the breakdown is 18-11-3. That’s because they could only send 16 players to Newfoundland and the Baby Sens want to give some East Coast league players a chance.

“Not all the players who are here are going to play,” said Clouston.

The Senators will continue the pre-season with a visit by the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (Wednesday) at Scotiabank Place. The plan is for Pascal Leclaire to start and play the full 60 minutes in the Ottawa net. He will also likely play Saturday against the Rangers at home.

In front of Leclaire, some players are still battling for spots.

“We’re just looking for execution, chemistry and some competiveness,” said Clouston.

The players sent packing this morning are as follows:

Goaltenders Mike Brodeur and Barry Brust; defencemen Andre Benoit, Eric Gryba, Geoff Kinrade and Craig Schira; and forwards Jason Bailey, Eric Condra, Corey Cowick, Kaspars Daugavins, David Dziurzynski, Colin Greening, Mike Hoffman, Jim O’ Brien, Tim Spencer and Roman Wick.


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