Alfredsson's head hurts

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson skates during practice in Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 26, 2011. (TONY...

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson skates during practice in Ottawa, Ont., Oct. 26, 2011. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

BOSTON - While confirming his captain will miss at least a week with a concussion, Senators GM Bryan Murray was scratching his own head wondering about the league’s rule on high hits.

Like many witnesses, he doesn’t understand how Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski avoided a suspension after knocking Daniel Alfredsson to the ice with an elbow to the helmet Saturday afternoon in New York.

Murray was told by league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan that Alfredsson was felled by a “hockey hit.” Wolski received a two-minute minor from the referee for what was called an “illegal check to the head.”

Apparently, it wasn’t that illegal.

“Basically what I was told is the player (Wolski) reacted to contact and stiffened up, but didn’t do anything out of the ordinary,” Murray said Monday in the hotel lobby of the Boston Ritz Carleton. “He just happened to hit Alfredsson in the head.”

Clearly, Murray didn’t see it that way.

“It’s my player and I have an emotional attachment to him, so no, I told him I didn’t agree,” he said. “I felt that the player did go out of his way, a little, to make contact. That it was an elbow involved in the play, and I thought we had determined, a shoulder check, contacted with short vs. taller players and all that type of thing, would be considered an accidental hit, but an elbow to the head would be a suspension.”

Alfredsson left the game after the third-period incident and missed Sunday’s meeting with the Leafs. He did not accompany the Senators to Boston for Tuesday’s game against the Bruins and there is no definite timetable on when he will return.

“He’s not very good at this moment,” said Murray. “I guess it’s a concussion. He doesn’t have headaches today. They think, if a concussion ever clears up quickly, it’ll be something that he’ll probably recover from hopefully in the next few days. But he will be out for at least a week.”

Murray said it doesn’t matter to him if Wolski is suspended because the Senators don’t see the Rangers again until Nov. 9, and even if there was a stiffer penalty handed out, the sentence wouldn’t be more than a game or two. But the whole ruling on what is and isn’t a head shot worthy of suspension just became a whole lot murkier in his mind.

“I thought in pre-season some of the suspensions made it very clear the stand we were going to take,” said Murray. “I’ll have a chance at the GM meeting in mid-November to discuss it further with Brendan, but at this moment I’m not exactly sure what is a suspendable hit to the head.”

Meanwhile, the Senators will be without Kaspars Daugavins for at least the game against Boston. He was sent back to Binghamton to have his four wisdom teeth removed.

Daugavins scored the winning goal Sunday and appears to have a job in Ottawa, at least until Peter Regin returns from a shoulder injury in a couple of months.

“He did have a problem before he came up. We knew it,” said Murray. “We didn’t want to send him down. He played well and obviously we’re very pleased with his efforts in the last couple of games with us.

“Hopefully, he’ll recover quickly and we’ll have him available to us in the near future.


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