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BRUCE GARRIOCH and LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

 A dark horse candidate for Team Canada at the World Cup this summer is Ottawa Senators centre Mike Fisher. He was not on the list of 50 names that Hockey Canada put together, but that was partly because he missed much of the season with an elbow injury.

  But Sens coach Jacques Martin, an assistant on the Team Canada staff, told the Ottawa Sun that he plans to forward Fisher's name to Wayne Gretzky for consideration.

 "It's not something I've thought much about, but I think it would be a great honour," Fisher said.

 SENS IN SYNC

 The Senators are a long way from taking this series, but they've won many hearts in the huge out-of-town media contingent with their player availability.

 For example, goaltender Patrick Lalime and captain Daniel Alfredsson have faced the music on game days and off days, while Toronto's Ed Belfour will speak only briefly after games. Leafs captain Mats Sundin has been hit and miss and either went underground by his choice after the leg injury or was told to lay low.

 Coach Pat Quinn didn't help matters on Thursday when he challenged a reporter's accuracy about Joe Nieuwendyk's back injury, only to have Nieuwendyk confirm it minutes later. When asked about Sundin telling trainers be wanted to be put back in Game 4 after his injury, Quinn dismissed the validity of the source -- which was a quote from one of his own players.

 While the small-market Ottawa players generally appreciate the extra coverage, some Leafs have been heard to gripe about giving a few minutes of their time, a situation that will become more demanding should they win this round and play the next in an American market.

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