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Methot proud of wearing an 'A' on his jersey

by Chris Adamski

PITTSBURGH -- Marc Methot couldn't recall the most recent time he had a letter stitched onto his jersey for a game prior to Tuesday. He did know he was honored for the experience.

"That," the Ottawa Senators defenseman said, "was pretty cool for me."

Just 13 games into his tenure for his hometown team, the 27-year-old was an alternate captain for the Senators in their 2-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.

Methot is a veteran of 288 NHL games since breaking into the League in the 2006-07 season. All his experience came with the Columbus Blue Jackets until being acquired by the Senators in a trade this summer.

He's quickly made an impression.

"He's a very competitive person," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "He's come in and fit in very well with what our expectations are and how we do things, and he's really embraced that. And when people come in like that -- and he's obviously played in the League for a while -- I think you need to reward that and let them know they are an important part of your team moving forward."

Methot guessed that the previous time he wore an "A" was during a preseason game with the Blue Jackets a few years ago.

"I don't ever actually expect it -- I think we have so many good leaders in this room," said Methot, who has three assists and is a plus-3 rating in 13 games. "The letter is obviously significant, but we've got a lot of guys who are capable."

Methot's average ice time of 22:45 per game is third on the Senators, behind reigning Norris Trophy winner Eric Karlsson and 38-year-old, 18-year NHL veteran Sergei Gonchar.

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