Footage: Patrick Kane was heartbroken to see Alex DeBrinkett deal with Senators in Ottawa

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Patrick Kane will miss his friend Alex Diebrenkat.

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Speaking to reporters in Windy City on the first day of Chicago Blackhawks training camp, the all-star striker looked no less happy with the move.

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Kane and DeBrincat do a lot of damage on the scoreboard while playing together most nights.

They also spent a lot of time together off the ice as well, so Kane was a bit surprised when the DeBrincat was handed over to senators before the draft in July in Montreal.

“That’s frustrating; it was kind of crushing at first,” said Kane. “Not only did we have some great harmony on the ice, but he was one of my best friends and closest teammates off the ice as well… We really pushed each other. He is definitely a man I will miss playing with.”

DeBrincat, top scorer 40 goals twice, skate with Claude Giroud and the center Tim Stutzel On the first day of the training camp. They’re trying to develop some chemistry because that’s how they’re likely to start the season.

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“It has been good and we are getting better every day,” DeBrinkat said Thursday as the senators opened their camp at the Canadian Tyre Centre. “We are trying to find where we would like to be and where we can get the tweaks for each other. There are a lot of improvements to be done, but it is very good at first.”

There are no comments for HOCKEY CANADA

the ward Drake Patterson He was asked to address the investigation by the 2018 Canada Junior World Hockey Team by the London Police and the National Hockey Federation into allegations of sexual assault during a party.

While Douri had hoped for clarification on the alleged rape by the time the camps opened, this was not the case. Paterson and his teammate Alex Formenton They were both a member of the team that was at the dinner in June 2018.

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“I have been cooperating with the ongoing investigations,” Patterson said. “Out of respect for the person concerned, I cannot comment on it now or in the future.”

This is Patterson’s first statement since the allegations surfaced in May. No charges have been brought following an initial investigation by London police, but Hockey Canada has been under a microscope since learning they settled a lawsuit with the victim earlier this year.

When asked two follow-up questions, Paterson added that he had no comment.

Waiting for a deal

Formenton is not in camp as he has no deal in place for this season.

On Wednesday, Dorion said she met with Formington’s agent in Toronto Arnot Valley of Newport Sports during last weekend’s Junior Championships in Buffalo and hope the two sides can work out a solution.

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captain of the team Brady Tkachuk He missed camp last fall and knows what Formington is going through.

“I’ve been through the same thing he’s going through now,” said Tkachuk, who signed a seven-year, $57.5 million deal on October 14, 2021. work out.

“The message (he received) last year from a lot of guys was how much they missed me and wanted me back. It’s the same with (Formenton). We all miss him. He’s not just a huge part of our squad, he’s a big part of our locker room and we hope to see him soon.” “.

THIS N’ THAT

Center Derek Brassard, who celebrated his 35th birthday Thursday, wears No. 61 and connects with his former teammate Mark Stone To make sure it’s okay. Brassard wore the number 19 when he was with the senators from 2016 to 2018, but Patterson wears it now. “This is the second time. I wrote (Jason) smash it Brassard said. “I grew up watching Spezza so it wasn’t about disrespect or anything else. On the contrary. I ask men, it’s respect for men. With number 16 and number 19, I pick the number I had in the junior. At the end of the day, it’s just a number but It must mean something.” …the last time Smith coached two games in one day was in a mini hockey game. “At my kids’ summer hockey game, I think we made it to the final and I got three (games) at once. I think it was Bluewater Sharks or something,” Smith said with a smile. This has never happened in the NHL, but it will happen on Saturday when the Senators have a separate game at the Scotiabank Arena against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We’re standing there and doing the assessment,” Smith said.

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last words

Defense of former Senators Chris Phillips wing Chris Neal They were behind the seats of each of the Thursday brawl between the two teams named after them. No, there wasn’t any money at stake… The Senators will move seven of their eight pre-season games down the road. captain of the team Brady Tkachuk He noted that he’s excited about the Kraft Hockeyville games at the end of camp in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. “It will be good for us and it will be great to be on the road and experience cities that I haven’t been to before and not many guys have,” Tkachuk said. “It’s an opportunity to share the game with the local communities. It will be fun.” …. straight ahead rudely Gregwho was recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained at the junior world championships last month, and skated in a contactless T-shirt.

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

Twitter: @sungarrioch

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