Senators News: September 29th

-With Binghamton’s training camp in progress we are finally getting the normal flood of hockey news

Sylvain St-Laurent provides Binghamton’s lines and pairings: Zibanejad-Da Costa-Petersson, Hoffman-Grant-Silfverberg, Cowick-Cannone-Jessiman, Dziurzynski-Hamilton-Stone, Kramer-Pageau-Culek, Schneider-Caporusso-Prince (Peltz and Downing as extra forwards); Wiercioch-Benoit, Cowen-Eckford, Blood-Borowiecki, Claesson-Gryba, New-Martin, Campanale-Wideman.

-Sens prospect Mikael Vikstrand has been named to the Allsvenskan’s Team of the Week.

-Binghamton coach Luke Richardson reminds the prospects that:

Someone’s always watching. Every work stoppage, some players might not come back. Some of the older players might not be ready to go. Somebody might go and get injured in Europe or training too much. There might be more opportunity. You can never write off the season and be disappointed.

Robin Lehner talked about the upcoming season:

Bishop is the guy I’ve got to beat, anyways, if I want to play up there. He’s a little older than me (Bishopis 25), but I’ve had success down here with a Calder Cup and I’ve had my other good stretches here and I’ve had success in Ottawa, too. I want to get a complete season. I grew up a little bit [last season], I think. I was a certain weight when we won (the Calder Cup in 2011) and during the summer I didn’t change that much. I came in a little heavy (last) year, but I didn’t know any better. It wasn’t celebrating success, it was more not knowing. Me, as a young guy, with a young head. I went into the summer not doing anything about it and I came into camp like that and it’s not acceptable. And I know that now. I’m not going to blame [last season’s struggles] on weight. Last year was a tough year for me, but it was tough for everybody. When it’s a tough season, goalies usually suffer a lot. I’m not happy with last year, I know I’ve got to be better. It’s a learning curve.

One of the great things about Lehner is how open he is. Sens goaltending coach Rick Wamsley added:

It’s fair to say that Robin’s career has been like this. So, with fitness, it should even out. We would still love to get the highs, but also limit the lows. We want him playing, if it’s earned. We want him playing a lot. We’re selling the ‘earned’ part and judging by the condition he has come in at, he looks like he’s buying into it. At some point, if you’re going to play in the National Hockey League, the other goalie is going to be a good goalie, so at some point, you’re going to have to deal with that. Last year, Robin’s best nine games were the nine games after we acquired Ben Bishop. Competition is healthy.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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