Matt Kassian will give the Senators a fighting chance.

His new Senators teammates were excited Wednesday morning before facing the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre and couldn't wait to meet their new teammate, who is expected join the club for practice Thursday in Ottawa.

"I'm sure he doesn't wear a visor, so he'll fit in good," said captain Daniel Alfredsson with a smile. "He knows his role and he can play some minutes as well It's a nice addition."

Acquired from the Wild for a sixth-round pick, Kassian is a true heavyweight. He had seven fights in the NHL last season with such opponents as Zenon Konopka, George Parros, Paul Bissonette, Darcy Hordichuk and Shawn Thornton.

"I sent him a few texts to welcome him here and say good things about the organization," said winger Guillaume Latendresse, who played with Kassian in Minnesota. "He'll fit in well with the group of guys we have here.

"He's such a good guy and good guy to be around. The media is going to find him funny. He's really fun to be around. He can talk about anything. He's got a lot of passion."