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Senators Camp: MacLean satisfied with first practice

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:41 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / Super Saturday

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Senators Camp: MacLean satisfied with first practice
KANATA, Ont. – A hoarse voice was an indicator that Paul MacLean had much to say to his new team on the first day of training camp with the Ottawa Senators. However, the head coach seemed pleased with the results Saturday.

"I enjoyed the day," MacLean said. "I might not be able to talk much tomorrow. Today was a good day; I thought it had great energy. The players were ready to go fast, and I think we did go fast. Sometimes (we did it) to the point of not executing as well as we wanted to, but the fact that we got up and down the ice and that the scrimmage went well, I was pleased with the whole day."

After the first day, both veterans and rookies stood out to MacLean.

"I thought [Daniel Alfredsson] was great," he said. "I thought [Milan] Michalek was too, but I expected them to be very good. I thought [David] Rundblad was good again today, as was [Mika] Zibanejad."
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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh