OTTAWA - Despite all the Senators’ troubles and struggles, coach Cory Clouston isn’t relieved there are just three games left.
Instead, Clouston is trying to treat this week as business as usual as the Senators prepare to face the first-place Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday at Scotiabank Place in their second-last home game.
“We’re playing well,” said Clouston. “To me, I wish some of these guys were back. I wish (Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Regin, Sergei Gonchar, Erik Karlsson and Marek Svatos) were healthy.
“We were starting to play some pretty good hockey. I’m disappointed with the way the season went, but no, I’m not looking forward to the end. That’s not my situation right now.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR RYAN?
Senators C Ryan Shannon, a potential unrestricted free agent on July 1, isn’t sure what’s going to happen. His agent Justin Duberman, who also represents G Craig Anderson, has held talks with GM Bryan Murray, but the two sides have agreed to talk in the off-season.
Ideally, Shannon, who made $675,000 this season, would like to return because he’s been excited by what he’s seen from the club’s young players.
“I love the city. I love the fans. I love playing here,” said Shannon on Monday. “I’d like to come back.”
The 28-year-old Shannon has gotten a chance to play a bigger role since all the trades were made. “The young prospects and the energy they’ve brought and I think Craig’s signing is a huge statement for the organization,” said Shannon. “There’s just been a sense of renewal. Things were going so poorly at the beginning of the season. To put a positive spin as we finish here, makes it a good summer.”
The Senators won’t have D Erik Karlsson (leg), D Sergei Gonchar (concussion) or RW Marek Svatos (concussion) for the final three games. The injury to Karlsson shouldn’t keep him out of the Swedish lineup at the world championships in Slovakia later this month ... The Senators are going to have to recall D Andre Benoit and D Patrick Wiercioch on Tuesday to play against the Flyers. Both were sent down to Binghamton on Sunday to suit up against Albany. With Svatos out, the Senators will also need a forward. That’s expected to be LW Colin Greening, who was sent down Friday ... The Senators will give away their jerseys to 20 season-ticket holders after the game Tuesday... C Zack Smith isn’t going to get any supplementary discipline from NHL VP Colin Campbell for his hit on Toronto’s Matt Lashoff on Saturday.