Mika Zibanejad out to prove Senators wrong

Mika Zibanejad is feeling extra motivation after being sent down to the AHL by the Senators. (Tony...

Mika Zibanejad is feeling extra motivation after being sent down to the AHL by the Senators. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:43 PM ET

OTTAWA - Mika Zibanejad is going to turn frustration into motivation.

And while he's not exactly ecstatic about starting his season in Binghamton instead of Ottawa, the Senators forward figures that's precisely how management wants him to feel.

"When you get sent down, it's like (being told) you're not good enough to be there and you have to prove them wrong," Zibanejad, one of the Senators' final — and most surprising — training-camp cuts, said in a phone interview Thursday.

"It gives you that motivation... you get kinda pissed. You're not supposed to be OK with it. You're not supposed to say, 'OK, that's fine and we'll see what happens.'


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