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Senators gnashing over Yashin's silence

Published Sep. 27, 2005

Alexi Yashin, back with the Senators after a seasonlong absence because of a contract dispute, will not explain his situation at a team meeting, and some players are upset about that.

"I'm disappointed," defenseman Wade Redden told the Ottawa Sun. "If he sat out that long, he should be willing to sit down and tell us what's going on. I'd like to see him talk to us behind closed doors. We're the guys affected most by what's happened. It would be a nice gesture.

"We don't need an apology, but a lot of stuff has gone on over the past year, and we've been in the middle of it."

Radek Bonk, who took over at No. 1 center in Yashin's absence and was the team's leading scorer, said that if Yashin returned only because he believed he had to _ as he said at a news conference Saturday _ management possibly should "deal with it."

"If he's not here because he wants to be, it's going to be hard," Bonk told the Sun. "If he goes his own way, it's going to be a distraction for the team."

Yashin's return also raises the issue of who will be team captain. Yashin served in the position during 1998-99. Daniel Alfredsson replaced him last season. Coach Jacques Martin said he won't announce his captain until after training camp. Players, including Alfredsson, don't expect a change.

"I don't expect there will be any discussion about it, but I haven't talked to Jacques," he said.

MAPLE LEAFS: Goalie Curtis Joseph said he has skipped training camp scrimmages because of a groin problem.

Joseph told the Toronto Sun he hurt himself last week working out with other NHL players in Toronto.

"We're trying to stay on top of it and make sure it doesn't get any worse," he said.

Team therapist Chris Broadhurst said the injury is a strain and Joseph got treatment leading up to camp. "I think it will be a couple of days before he gets back into live action," Broadhurst said.

Broadhurst also is developing a conditioning program for defenseman Bryan Berard, who is at camp in Kitchener, Ontario, visiting teammates. Berard was struck in the right eye by an accidental high stick in a game March 11 and had surgery to reattach the retina.