Spezza leaves team practice

Brian Elliott and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators during an informal skate at the Sensplex....

Brian Elliott and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators during an informal skate at the Sensplex. September 14,2010. (Errol McGihon/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

Jason Spezza made an early exit at Senators practice Wednesday.

The Senators insist their No. 1 centre just tweaked something and he will be fine for the club's opener against the Buffalo Sabres Friday at Scotiabank Place.

"It's just a tweak. I'm not going to tell you where it is. He should be fine to practice (Thursday)," said coach Cory Clouston.

After missing practice Monday in Petawawa, centre Mike Fisher and winger Chris Neil were both on the ice. They are expected to play as well. Fisher said it is important to get rest with three games in four days once the puck is dropped.

"I felt pretty good. I just wanted to make sure and take an extra day," said Fisher. "We just have to be smart about it."

Defenceman David Hale cleared waivers at noon and will report to Binghamton Thursday. He said he understood the decision because he is on a two-way contract with a minor-league clause.

"I was disappointed. It came as a bit of a shock but I knew the situation I was getting into," said Hale.


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