Ottawa Still Undecided on Zibanejad

SensChirp October 24, 2011 0

Bryan Murray met with media this afternoon and made it clear that Zibanejad’s future with the team is still up in the air.

He will be in the line up against Carolina.  Obviously this is an important game for the rookie as it will be his ninth in the NHL.  The Senators will then have to make a decision on what to do with the 18 year old forward before a year is triggered on his entry level contract.

Murray indicated that there is a chance they could sit him a couple games rather than rush the decision.

Zibanejad has looked solid in his audition but obviously there is no need to rush him.  Through eight games, he has averaged 12:41 a game and has just one assist. 

The Sens also hinted that Daniel Alfredsson may not play tomorrow due to a hip flexor which explains the call up of Kaspars Daugavins.  There was some thought that the call-up may have had to do with a suspension to Chris Neil but that is not the case.  No further discipline coming for that linesman shove on Saturday night.

  • Jason Spezza was named the NHL’s Second Star this week.  Jonathan Quick was First while Tomas Vokoun claimed the third star.  Spezza had seven points this past week including the tying goal against Columbus on Saturday night.
  • Peter Regin will undergo further tests on his shoulder.  Spoke with someone over the weekend who suggested this was going to be a long term injury and that surgery may be required.  Guess we will have to wait and see.