Senators News: December 13th

-Here’s The Ottawa Sun‘s projected lineup for tonight: Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek, Peter Regin-Nick Foligno-Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Condra-Zack Smith-Chris Neil, Bobby Butler-Jesse Winchester-Kaspars Daugavins; Chris Phillips-Sergei Gonchar, Jared Cowen-Erik Karlsson, David Rundblad-Brian Lee (Ian Mendes Tweets (link) to update this, saying Konopka will play and Butler is scratched).

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan reports that Bryan Murray intends to qualify Nikita Filatov to keep his rights (link), which is a prudent move (it’s worth pointing out that the Sens got Oleg Saprykin for Alexei Kaigorodov in 2007).  Pierre McGuire said this morning that he thought Filatov‘s problems were related to work ethic (link).  The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri writes that Filatov made a point of thanking Murray for how he was treated and for giving him an opportunity (link).  One thing that I hadn’t seen reported until the decision to return Filatov to Russia was made is that he supports his family financially (making playing in the AHL fiscally disastrous).  It’s interesting that his two head coaches had a different perspective on him, with Kurt Kleinendorst saying he thought Filatov worked on what he needed too (link) while Paul MacLean said the opposite (link).

-TSN, ESPN, and The Hockey News have their power rankings out (link and link and link), with Ottawa 25th, 24th, and 21st.

-Joy Lindsay reports that Patrick Wiercioch has been released from hospital (link)

-Joy updates Binghamton’s injuries (link) with only Corey Locke having a chance to be back in the lineup before Christmas.  Also out are Andre Petersson, Jim O’Brien, Josh Godfrey, and Maxime Gratchev.

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