Notebook: Players cope with ice woes

Just like the players, the Scotiabank Place ice is in training camp form, too.

Notebook: Players cope with ice woes

ICE WOES: Just like the players, the Scotiabank Place ice is in training camp form, too.

Now that Filip Kuba has broken his right leg after catching a rut on the ice, the state of the ice surface is receiving plenty of criticism.

“The players mentioned and the coaches have mentioned that the ice was cut up pretty bad early,” said general manager Bryan Murray. “(Kuba) did get caught in a rut and all the weight was on the one leg. He got a fracture because of it. The ice, early in the year, nobody had skated on it and it gets cut up earlier than normal.

Centre Mike Fisher also says it takes awhile for the ice surface to properly take shape.

“They put it in so late here,” said Fisher. “Right away it’s never good, no matter what you do. It needs guys skating on it and floods down and breaking it down and making it stronger. Every year, it’s the same thing. And then you get Grabba, Gabba Labba in here, or whatever that is. I have no idea.”

Fisher was referring to Yo Gabba Gabba, the popular children’s TV show which brought its touring stage show to Scotiabank Place Sunday.

The Senators practiced Sunday at the nearby Sensplex in Kanata.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY…ER WORKDAY: Cory Clouston turned 41 Sunday and was asked how he planned to celebrate. “Work,” he said. “A little video. Plan for tomorrow.” If he had time, Clouston suggested that he might have ventured to Rideau Carleton Raceway Sunday night to check out his other sporting passion: harness racing.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Mike Fisher, when asked if he got Clouston a birthday present. “Yes,” he said. “It’s in the mail.”

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