The Senators hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for practice on Monday morning and we got updates from several players prior to their upcoming 4-game road trip. Here's what they had to say after the session was over.
First up, Senators head coach Dave Cameron offered some comments on Marc Methot, Curtis Lazar and more. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...
On Marc Methot returning from Binghamton today:
With their schedule (Binghamton), they have a couple of days off slotted here. So the timing probably wasn't great in terms of being on the ice so he's back.
On when Methot may return to the lineup:
He still has to work on some conditioning and some contact. We're trying to implement that now.
On Curtis Lazar returning to the team after the WJC:
He probably won't play right away but he'll be back.
On watching Lazar play for Team Canada:
In Curtis's junior career he always was a top-6 player. When he came to us he was a bottom-6 player so you play less of a role up here. You're not in as many big moments, powerplay, penalty kill, whatever... He's gone back there to get that pressure. To be able to deal and play under that pressure with top-6 minutes.
On discipline issues:
A lot of it comes from frustration. I think last night we allowed our tiredness and fatigue to become frustration. I can guarantee you that of the nine penalties, there were a few questionable ones. So how many did we actually take is somewhere in between. But at the end of the day you get pegged for nine so you take nine.
Marc Methot, he took a few moments to update the media on his recent conditioning stint in Binghamton and his very recent recall back to Ottawa. Here are his comments...
On his 1-game stint in Binghamton:
The goal to go over there was just to see how it held up in a game and that I could get through a game. Not come back too soon and have to leave halfway through an NHL hockey game. I got what I needed. I know that Bingo wasn't skating on Sunday and wasn't skating on Tuesday so it was better to come back here seeing as it's not too far of a drive and skate with the team. Get back into some NHL practices.
On joining the team for the upcoming road trip:
Yup. I still have to go back and talk with Gerry Townend and some of the guys but it feels pretty good right now. I'm going to keep preparing and hopefully at some point soon I'll be able to join the group.
On playing in Binghamton:
It's a different game down there. That rink's a little smaller and there certainly are a few differences in style of play. The goal was to see how I'd physically feel in that game and I got what I needed out of it.
The cameras also caught up with Sens defensemen Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen to talk about the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and Sens rookie Curtis Lazar playing in the gold medal game tonight. You can watch their comments via Sens TV here...
The Sens are back on the ice tomorrow night in Philadelphia when they take on the Flyers. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and as usual you can follow along with all the updates, lineup changes and more in our Gameday Journal.