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MacLean ahead of pre-season game 4

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

The Sens head out to Toronto for their fourth pre-season game of the exhibition season tonight when they take on the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Last week saw Toronto edge the Sens by a 3-2 score and a different Sens lineup will be looking for a different result tonight.

Here's what Paul MacLean had to say during his media session today at Canadian Tire Centre...

On Clarke MacArthur:

He has good quickness and speed and hand skills, good instincts for the game. I think he's developing a nice chemistry with him and Kyle, they've been a dangerous pair when they've been on the ice. He's been very professional as we expected he would be, being a player who has played 400 games in the league. I think he's a nice addition to our team.

On finalizing the second line:

At the end of training camp or whenever we can. I don't anticipate a final determination on that until we get through all the exhibition games.

On Zibanejad as a centre or winger:

I like Mika as a centre but at the same time I'm not going to be stubborn if we need to have him play on the wing. If he can be one of our guys who can play on the wing and be successful and make us a better team, we're not going to be stuck with he has to play centre.

On Stephane Da Costa:

He has played very well. I think his fitness level is way better, he's stronger which makes him quicker and harder on the puck, he's done a lot of the things that we anticipated he would do when we signed him out of Merrimack. He's got great puck skills, he's good on the power play, down low he makes a lot of things happen. He's creative, he has been very competitive, his skating has been better because his fitness has been better. He's starting to look like he's a player and anytime you have good players it's a good thing for us and he's going to make it hard.

On Corey Cowick:

I think he has been kind of a victim of numbers here at this camp. I thought he had a great year for Luke last year in Binghamton with the audition for the other four guys, seeing them play, I think he kind of got left out in the first three games, but we're going to try and get him in a number of the games based on how he plays tonight. We feel he's going to play well enough tonight to get to play in at least two more games. We think that his work ethic, first of all, and his fitness level have been phenomenal. I think he's the fittest athlete of the whole group and that's a compliment to him and a credit to him and he has worked very hard at that. His aspects to the game are being physical, killing penalties and blocking shots, the heart and soul type of things and those are important ingredients that he brings.

On Jared Cowen:

Well he missed all of last year so we want him to play as much as he can so he can get himself up and running. It's going to take as long as he needs to, I can't put a timeframe on it. He has been working hard at it, the puck part is probably the biggest thing that needs to come for him so we'll try to make sure he handles lots of pucks.

On Patrick Wiercioch:

Well the first night he played, he played pretty well. Tonight's going to be — it was a home game so we could get him out against people we wanted him out better than we will be able to tonight — so tonight's going to be a little bit of a test for him, but we felt he played strong enough on the right side the other night to warrant putting him over there again.

On if MacArthur will take a leadership role:

Well the expectation on our team is everybody has a leadership role, everyday. It's not just three guys or four guys that do it. When you're a veteran player, you've played that long in the game, you just naturally pass it along. I think Clarke's one of those kind of guys just with the way he acts every day and shows the young guys how to do things, you have to do your work in the gym, do you work on the ice, I think those things, being himself is a lot of it. Leadership and just being a pro, you don't play 400 games without being a pro.

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