Senators notebook: Lehner getting noticed

Robin Lehner has caught the eye of the bigwigs at the top of the Swedish hockey federation and is a candidate to represent his country at the world championships.

NEWARK, N.J. — Robin Lehner has caught the eye of the bigwigs at the top of the Swedish hockey federation and is a candidate to represent his country at the world championships.

If, that is, the Senators don’t make the playoffs or are eliminated early in the post season.

“It’s the first time I’ve met him, actually,” Lehner said about talking to Swedish national assistant coach Peter Popovic following Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s always great to see some Swedes, but that’s not my focus right now.”

Lehner was a big part of Sweden’s world junior teams, but he says, “I’ve never been in the A team, so it’s nice they’re looking at me.”

Daniel Alfredsson, Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad were also talking to Popovic following Thursday’s game.

CLARKSON PRAISES BENOIT

Way back in 2003, Senators defenceman Andre Benoit shared a Memorial Cup title with current New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer and left winger David Clarkson. Ten years later, Clarkson is happy to see that Benoit has established himself as a full-time NHL player. He’s just surprised it took so long. “He was a guy I always remember,” said Clarkson. “There was Derek Roy, Gregory Campbell, Steve Eminger and Andre Benoit was the other guy that would sit there and say he’s going to play in the NHL, he’s going to have a long career. I’m glad that he finally got that chance, he’s playing really well. He was one of the reasons we won the Memorial Cup.”

KASSIAN MAKES WAY FOR MICHALEK

Senators coach Paul MacLean, explaining why Matt Kassian was the odd man out with Milan Michalek returning. “I don’t think the Devils are known to be the most acrobatic when it comes to the fisticuffs.”

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