AHLers due for trip to the Bank

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

OTTAWA - Customs officials take note: Yet another young man carrying a hockey bag and sticks should be coming up Interstate 81 and crossing into Canada any moment now.

He’ll say he’s an Ottawa Senator.

Believe him.

Unless Bryan Murray makes a trade in the next few hours — and no one is betting against that — then Binghamton will be sending one more of its finest to play in Wednesday’s NHL game at Scotiabank Place against the Florida Panthers.

With the team having a day off Sunday, there was no update on the status of the left shoulder injury Peter Regin suffered when he was thrown into the boards by Toronto’s Joey Crabb in the third period on Saturday.

But Regin was wearing a sling after the game, and he appeared to be in a great deal of discomfort. Tough to imagine he’ll be able to play anytime soon.

As Regin has been working the second-line centre role, the most likely candidates to replace him are Corey Locke and Jim O’Brien.

Most likely the nod will go to O’Brien, who has 16 goals and 29 assists and scored a hat trick in Binghamton’s victory over Charlotte last week. Management sees him as a better prospect.

All Locke has done is rack up 71 points (18 goals) in 50 games for a comfortable lead in the AHL scoring race. The current runner up, former Hull Olympiques winger Alexandre Giroux, is nine points back while playing six more games.

The Senators are currently carrying seven players off the Binghamton roster, including Zack Smith, who has been up for 32 games now and seems to be here to stay, and goalie Robin Lehner, the only one of the bunch who did not play in the victory over Toronto.

The others are Bobby Butler, Erik Condra, Colin Greening, Francis Lessard and Andre Benoit.

Meanwhile, even without a third of their team, the Baby Sens are rolling, having won six in a row. Locke’s contributions are a big part of that.

As frustrated as he must surely be at getting bypassed for promotion during Ottawa’s most recent trades and injuries, the former 67’s is handling himself like a pro.

“I’m waiting patiently through the situation they have going on with the big club,” Locke, who did have an assist while averaging about nine minutes during a three-game callup in January, said Sunday.

“I am anxious and hoping to get another chance to play in the NHL, and to show off at that level.

“I will continue to work hard in Bingo until that opportunity comes.”


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