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ROTATING D

Coach Ron Wilson's rotating defencemen plan includes only Jeff Finger and Garnet Exelby at present, with a chance that Ian White might see time at right wing again. Exelby was back last night and Finger sat out, their second switch since opening night.

"It's not unlike the situation last year where we had eight or nine defencemen," Wilson said. "I had to play Ian White up front. I'm not saying it's going to happen now, but don't be shocked if Whitey's playing right wing one night so I can get all those guys active. They all deserve to play, but someone has to sit."

DIAMONDS AND ICE

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Campoli is as handy with a ball glove as he is with a hockey stick.

Until in his early teens, Campoli played first base and outfield in the GTA for the Bloor Jays and Mississauga North organizations, appearing in the Canadian finals as a 12-year-old and on a great Ontario team that included future Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Leroux.

"Baseball was a great experience and it would have ben great to keep playing, but hockey has worked out," Campoli said.

A SENATOR FIRST

Senators pugilist Chris Neil was flattered by the overtures made by the Maple Leafs when free agency opened July 1. But his goal always was to remain a Senator.

"I have friends there, it's not too far from for my family, and it's where I've been happy," said Neil, who re-signed with Ottawa. "I appreciate the interest ... but returning to Ottawa was always my priority."


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