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Oct 13, 2021 • 36 minutes ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation
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As the skate was about to begin Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion made a rare appearance at the bench to have a chat with head coach D.J. Smith and shortly thereafter goaltender Matt Murray also participated in the discussion.
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The 27-year-old Murray was the first player on the ice, at least 30 minutes before the formal practice started, but there are zero guarantees he’ll be in the net when the Senators open the National Hockey League regular season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Thursday night.
After Murray missed Tuesday’s skate with flu-like symptoms, he, Dorion and Smith likely had a chat about his status for the practice and the game against the Leafs. The good news is that Murray stuck around for the whole skate, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll suit up against the Leafs.
Smith was non-committal Wednesday when quizzed about the starting goalie, but it wouldn’t be a shock to anyone if backup Anton Forsberg is the first one to skate down the tunnel Thursday to lead the…