|Senators head coach Bryan Murray gives instructions to players during Day 2 of Senators training camp on Friday. Photo: T. Anderson/OSHC|
by Todd Anderson
The 47 players taking part in the Ottawa Senators 2006 training camp held separate sessions on the ice and in the conditioning room after splitting into two groups during Day 2 of camp on Friday.
Defenceman Wade Redden says he enjoyed getting back on the ice with his teammates and being able to witness the talents of a few new players who have been added to the mix.
"I feel pretty good about the guys we have here," Redden said shortly after the on-ice workout at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata, Ont. "We're all excited to get going. We have a good squad here, it's going to be a fun year."
Centre Jason Spezza and winger Dany Heatley were back together skating on the same line, this time with Patrick Eaves. Unlike last year, however, Heatley was skating on Spezza's right side.
"(Heatley) wants to try this out so he can get off the one-timer a bit more," Spezza explains. "I think he's a little more comfortable there, too. We're trying it out. I have no preference of sides to pass to."
Group 1 at training camp has goaltenders Ray Emery and Kelly Guard; defencemen Christoph Schubert, Redden, Joe Corvo, Jamie Allison, Andy Hedlund, Neil Petruic, Tomas Kudelka and Jean-Claude Sawyer; and forwards Heatley, Brian McGrattan, Spezza, Denis Hamel, Chris Kelly, Jeff Heerema, Patrick Eaves, Dean McAmmond, Serge Payer, Ryan Vesce, Cody Bass, Danny Bois, Arttu Luttinen, Chanse Fitzpatrick and Nick Foligno.
Skating with Group 2 are goaltenders Martin Gerber and Jeff Glass; defencemen Chris Phillips, Andrej Meszaros, Anton Volchenkov, Tomas Malec, Tom Preissing, Michal Barinka, Neil Komadoski and Charlie Cook; and forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Antoine Vermette, Chris Neil, Peter Schaefer, Josh Hennessy, Grant Potulny, Brian Maloney, Bobby Robins, Andrew Ebbett, Alexei Kaigorodov and Cory Pecker.
Head coach Bryan Murray said the groups will stay together and alternate the first six of nine pre-season games the Senators will play.