Kuba Returns

With Mike Brodeur and Jarkko Ruutu, defenceman Filip Kuba did some extra skating under the eye of assistant coach of Rick Wamsley on Saturday morning, looking suspiciously as if he’d be scratched for the second game in a row.

But in the end, it was Ruutu who was scratched for the second game in a row. Kuba got back in, bumping Brian Lee (who isn’t entirely healthy, according to coach Cory Clouston) to the press box.

Predictably, Kuba wasn’t happy about sitting on Friday in Columbus, though he doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. In 22 this season, he has only four assists and is minus-10.

“Every time you’re not playing it’s not a good feeling,” said Kuba.

“You want to be out there playing with the team. Obviously I was disappointed.”

He and Clouston did speak about Clouston’s reasons for scratching him, and Kuba conceded he has been sub-par on more than one part of his game.

“When you put it all together, I think my play has got to be better,” he said.

With Ruutu out, Jim O’Brien got into his second NHL, following his Friday debut in Columbus. Clouston said he thought O’Brien played well, that he didn’t cost the Senators anything when he was on the ice and even created some chances.

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