March of the Penguins

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

KITCHENER -- This time, the Senators came up short against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Last night, the Penguins' rookies defeated the Senators 5-1 to capture the championship of the four-team rookie tournament at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Joe Jensen, who played for the Penguins' Wilkes-Barre Scranton AHL affiliate last season, scored twice, with Ryan Stone, Matt Caria and Alex Grabt each scoring once. Ilja Zubov scored for Ottawa.

Senators GM Bryan Murray, who returned to Ottawa late last night, was pleased with the effort.

Murray said he expects 12-14 players from the rookie camp will be invited to main camp which begins Thursday with physicals.

"These are good situations for the kids," said Murray. "You often think of having a camp where you just do drills. It shows your best players, but when you get into the games, it's a good thing for your players to go through and it gives our scouts a good chance to evaluate them as well."

The Senators were happy with the performance of Russian centres Alexander Nikulin and Zubov, who will both be at main camp.

On the blueline, Brian Lee (selected No. 9 overall in 2005) and Tomas Kudelka, a Czech also taken in 2005, have shown maturity.

"Both (Lee and Kudelka) have shown that they're skilled players," said Murray. "Both are going to come to main camp and we're going to find they'll be a lot more comfortable as a result of this tournament."

In the consolation final, the Toronto Maple Leafs knocked off the Florida Panthers 4-0.

EMERY UPDATE

Murray said he will find out today if G Ray Emery is fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery. Emery has been given clearance to take part when on-ice drills begin Saturday.

"He was flying back from Cleveland (last night) and I don't anticipate any problems from the last time I spoke to (Emery)," said Murray.

REDDEN BACK

D Wade Redden resumed skating with his teammates yesterday. Redden, who wouldn't waive his no-trade clause and be dealt to Edmonton at this year's NHL draft, told TSN he'd like to sit down with Murray to discuss his future with the club.

"Bryan has always been very open and upfront," said Redden, who couldn't guarantee he'd finish the season with the Senators because of his status as an unrestricted free agent next summer.


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