Remember when the Senators really needed a defenceman?
Suddenly, they have too many.
The day after commending all three Binghamton callups -- Andre Benoit, Mark Borowiecki and Patrick Wiercioch -- for their play in a much-needed 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Senators coach Paul MacLean announced that two more blue-liners will be available for Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Veteran Sergei Gonchar will return from a bout with the flu, and Mike Lundin is finally "available" after missing the first 10 games with a broken finger.
"It's a nice puzzle to have," MacLean said of the excessive number. "We're going to sort that out as we move forward. Right now, we're going to keep eight. We know we can't keep that number the way it is, we're going to have to make some decisions down the road."
Lundin, who was signed in as a free agent in the off-season, practised with the team Wednesday. MacLean said he wants to let the 28-year-old "get his legs under him" and see how he does."
What exactly does that mean?
"He did play in Sweden during the lockout and has skated extensively here for the last (few) weeks," said MacLean. "Whether it translates in him playing sooner than later ... we are going to give him every consideration to get him in the lineup as soon as we can."
Lundin is the type of defenceman who prefers to go a whole game without getting noticed. He's not a point-getter -- he has four goals and 31 assists in 241 NHL games -- but he's smart, and a good skater.
Ottawa Senators defenceman Mike Lundin returns to practice after breaking finger in off-season
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