Senators trim roster to 28 players

Cody Ceci is among the 28 players who remain on the Ottawa Senators roster before the final cuts...

Cody Ceci is among the 28 players who remain on the Ottawa Senators roster before the final cuts are made before the Oct. 4 regular season opener.

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Moments after Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra skated onto the ice at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday morning, the door on the Senators’ bench was closed and the next phase of camp officially began.

“Good to have you boys,” said one voice from the ice.

And, with those words, the Senators started the road toward the regular season as 18 forwards, eight defencemen and two goalies made up the Ottawa group of 28 players with the countdown to regular season on.

Among those to survive the separation between Binghamton and Ottawa were forwards Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Stephane Da Costa and Andre Petersson, along with local products Mark Borowiecki and Cody Ceci.

The list was posted before the players left the rink late Saturday afternoon, it just wasn’t public information until they skated together Sunday with the Oct. 4 opener against the Buffalo Sabres looming large.

Naturally, a few players were relieved, especially those still in a battle for spots. Ceci,


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