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Havlat could decide whether or not to have surgery today

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Havlat travels to Cleveland to visit with doctor. A decision on surgery for his dislocated right shoulder could come today.

Martin Havlat continues to seek information to determine whether or not he will have surgery on his dislocated right shoulder.

Havlat is seeing Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, today. The Senators forward and Dr. Miniaci will consult with club physician Don Chow and team officials. A decision from Havlat could be received by the organization as early as today.
Head coach Bryan Murray said Wednesday morning that Havlat is making sure he receives all the information needed before making a decision whether or not to have surgery.

"What he feels is best for him going forward, I'm sure he will do that. I think he's on a mission today to gather information, and I guess the opinion of the doctor, and act accordingly. I am sure coming in with the new rules and a new guy running the show here, he was coming in with the idea of impressing and helping the team win. It's got to be very disappointing for him."

Dr. Miniaci, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's medical school, is the staff executive director of sports health at the Cleveland Clinic.

Redden to participate in full-contact practice tomorrow

When the Senators practice in Vancouver tomorrow, defenceman Wade Redden will test out his sprained left knee in full-contact drills.

"We still have a couple of days (before the Senators play the Vancouver Canucks on Friday) so we'll see how it is," Redden said.

"I don't want this to be a percentage thing. I want it to be yes or no. If it was today, I would probably say no. It's tough sitting out but I don't want to rush just to get back."

Murray said he expects to hear from Redden after practice tomorrow whether or not he is ready for Friday night.

"I'm hoping he's able to play. He's very close. If he's not a go for this game, then he should be on the trip."

Senators to face some of the ‘best in the west'

The Senators are headed into a road trip against some of the best talent the Western Conference has to offer. First up is the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The following day the Senators visit the reigning Stanley Cup finalists Calgary Flames. On Dec. 12, Ottawa will travel to Colorado to play another strong club in the Avalanche.

Murray spoke about what lies ahead for his team.

"It will be a good test. I think it depends how we play, whether it will be the toughest (road trip) or not. Vancouver, I believe they feel this is a very big year for them. You know you're dealing with a team that is regarded as one of the better teams in the west. Teams that play like Calgary -- forecheck, puck pressure -- they bring out the best in other teams. They force you to work hard. If you don't, you lose badly to them. I look at Colorado as one team that can really score goals. Lots of finesse, fast-skating team... a little bit like we are. They're different teams, but they are among the best in the west. It's a measuring stick for us."

Forward Chris Neil knows it's up to the guys in his dressing room to determine how many points are earned during the trip.

"It's been a good start to the season for us. Every time a team straps on their skates, they're ready to play us. They better be because we like to come out with a good start. It really comes down to how we prepare for a game. In the games we have lost, it has been a little too loose in the room."

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