SNAPSHOTS: Senators will delay captain’s appointment … Matt Murray may not be ready to start Game 1

“General manager Pierre Dorion and coach DJ Smith want to take more time before putting the ‘C’ on someone’s chest.”

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The Ottawa Senators have decided to wait and get closer to the “C” with the captaincy.


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With the season scheduled to begin Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Canadian Tire Center, the Senators will delay the appointment of a captain to start the season.

Although the senators had talked about appointing a captain over the summer, general manager Pierre Dorion and coach Dj smith wants to take longer before putting the “C” on someone’s chest for the first time since Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks on September 13, 2018.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the club keep four substitutes until the restricted free agent makes a decision. r Brady Tkachuk about his future with the franchise. Thomas chabot he led the final stretch on Tuesday and will be one of the players with an “A”.

“We are going to announce a leadership group on Thursday,” Smith said Tuesday. We will let you know and then we will see. Here is a situation from week to week, month to month. It is not something that is done lightly and it is someone who will be a leader here for a long time.


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“It will be the right decision when the time comes.”


Goalie Matt murray conspicuous by its absence on Tuesday.

He missed last Thursday’s skating with a cold, dressed for 30 minutes in Toronto on Saturday and skated with the group on Sunday. He is one of the few players with a case of the cold who has been walking around the room. It is not related to COVID-19.

If Murray can’t face the Leafs, then Anton Forsberg will start and Filip Gustavsson will be remembered. The expectation is that Murray will skate Wednesday because the club had a goalkeeper from the University of Ottawa. Tristian Berube during the 45 minute skating.

“I don’t know if it’s the same, but there is a cold and everyone has had a little here in the last month,” Smith said. “I don’t know exactly what it is. I didn’t see it and the doctor didn’t tell me, but I know I couldn’t practice today.


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“It is not COVID-19. That’s instantaneous, these guys get checked out right away and if there’s any kind of symptom they get checked out right away, and that has been ruled out at this point. “


Center Shane pinto He will be on the opening night list as the No. 2 center because he won the spot during the course of training camp. Signed at the University of North Dakota last spring, the 20-year-old Pinto has shown great poise over the past month.

I asked Smith on Tuesday if there was anyone he could be compared to in the league and he got high praise saying that the Boston Bruins is the center. Patrice Bergeron.

“I hate to say it because in my mind the guy is a hall of fame player and that’s Bergeron,” Smith said. “It’s high praise because it’s arguably one of the best centers with Sidney Crosby in the last 10 or 15 years. But if you look at him, and it’s not fair to put this kind of pressure on him, he’s a correct shooter and he can win matchups and go up and down (the ice) the way he does.


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“If you become half the player that Bergeron is, then you are a great player and let’s not forget that. When I look at him, he’s a responsible guy who also delivers offense. “

Pinto said he has tried to model his game after players like Bergeron and the Winnipeg Jets center. Mark Scheifele .

“I remember my first year in North Dakota, I remember talking to the coaches there and they said they saw a lot (of Bergeron) in me,” Pinto said. “I always watched (Bergeron’s) game growing up and if I could become half the player that he is, it would be amazing.

“That is something to work towards and I am going to watch it this year so I can learn a few things. It’s definitely something to be excited about. “

Pinto said Scheifele is an influence because she saw him grow so much.


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“He was my favorite player. I always told myself that maybe one day I could be like him if I kept working hard and believing in myself, ”Pinto said. “I have a lot more work to do, but this is someone I look up to. It was late and I see a lot of myself in it because I was late. It’s been a crazy couple of years. “


Judging from Tuesday’s skating, the senators will have a decision or two to make on defense.

Veteran Michael del zotto , signed as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, skated in the fourth matchup with Erik brannstrom . That meant veteran Nick holden skated with Josh brown weather Victor Mete I was in the second pairing with Nikita Zaitsev.

The only couple that remained constant since the camp is Chabot with Artem zub .

“It still has to be fine-tuned and we can go with seven defenders,” Smith said. “There are some decisions to be made, certainly with injuries and everything ahead. I’m not a great defender of seven defenders, but we can go that way.

“Everyone has played good games, but the last ones have also played bad games. It’s fair to say that Zub, Zaitsev, Chabot and Holden were the top four. “

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