Senators notebook: Anderson flies home, MacLean muses about his junior career, Michalek addresses trade talk

Robin Lehner felt for his fellow Swedes following Sunday’s Olympic final loss to Canada, but he might just be going head-to-head against a bunch of them Thursday.

Robin Lehner felt for his fellow Swedes following Sunday’s Olympic final loss to Canada, but he might just be going head-to-head against a bunch of them Thursday.

Lehner could draw the start Thursday against the Swede-heavy Detroit Red Wings.

Senators number one goaltender Craig Anderson was excused from practice Thursday, flying home to Ft. Lauderdale to be with his wife, who is expecting the club’s second child.

The Senators original plan called for Anderson to return to the net against Detroit, but if he’s not back in time, Lehner will take the net and the Senators will likely call up Nathan Lawson from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as a back-up.

Defenceman Erik Karlsson, who returned to Ottawa from Sochi late Monday, also didn’t skate Tuesday. Winger Chris Neil was given Tuesday off for what coach Paul MacLean called a “maintenance day.”

RETURN TO THE OLD BARN

MacLean was in good spirits as the Senators took their Tuesday workout on the road to Gatineau’s Robert Guertin Arena, where he established himself as a junior scoring star with the then Hull Olympiques in 1977-78. Asked if he felt like he was 19 again, MacLean quipped, “No, I didn’t. I felt like I was 55.” He also joked about the condition of the rink. “I thought the ice was way better back then than (Tuesday). There wasn’t as much glide on it as there used to be…but that could have been because it was me.”

Playing at the Robert Guertin Arena also brought back mixed emotions for Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. The final junior game of Phillips career came at the Robert Guertin Arena, when his Lethbridge Hurricanes lost to the Hull Olympiques in the Memorial Cup final.

 

MICHALEK HEARS TRADE TALK

 

As a pending unrestricted free agent, Milan Michalek realizes that it’s possible he could be traded away from the Senators before the March 5 trade deadline, but he’s not losing sleep over it.

“I’m not really nervous,” he said after practicing with the Senators for the first time since representing the Czech Republic at the Olympics. “It’s on my mind, but if I get traded, I can’t really do anything about it. I know I’m not having a great season, so that’s possible.”

Michalek has 10 goals and 15 assists in 59 games, but the Senators are hoping he brought a scoring touch back from the Olympics.

“They were tough games against the best players in the world,” he said.

 

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