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Spezza inherits 'C' from Alfredsson

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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators put an end to speculation and officially named Jason Spezza captain Saturday afternoon.

The announcement came as no real surprise as Spezza was the odds-on favourite to take over the captaincy after Daniel Alfredsson chose to sign with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent in July.

"This is a huge honour for both myself and my family," said Spezza, as he read from a prepared statement. "It's something that is very important to me."

Spezza becomes the eighth captain in franchise history and admitted wearing the "C" is a dream come true.

Chris Phillips will remain an alternate captain, with Chris Neil joining the leadership group as the second alternate.

Cowen, Sens agree

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms with defenceman Jared Cowen on a four-year contract.

Cowen began the 2012-13 season with the Binghamton Senators, recording three assists in three games. He underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, sidelining him until April when he made his NHL season debut against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 22-year-old Cowen played seven regular-season NHL games last season, scoring one goal. He also played in each of Ottawa's 10 playoff games against the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, recording three assists and 21 penalty minutes.

Cowen missed the start of training camp as his contract negotiations dragged.

Habs, Fucale do deal

MONTREAL -- Goaltender Zach Fucale signed a three-year entry level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Fucale was picked 36th overall at the NHL draft in June from the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads, where he is expected to return after participating in the Canadiens training camp.

The 18-year-old from Rosemere, Que., went 45-5-3 with the powerhouse Mooseheads last season and went 16-1 in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Jets QB out 8 weeks

NEW YORK -- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was placed on short-term injured reserve Saturday, meaning he will not be able to play for the next eight weeks.

Sanchez injured his right shoulder in the team's third preseason game against the Giants. He has opted to try to rehabilitate the injury rather than have season-ending surgery.

The exact nature of the injury has not been announced, but some published reports say it is a partially torn labrum.

By placing him on the IR-designated for return, Sanchez must miss the next six weeks of practice and won't be able to play in a game until after the Jets' 10th game. The earliest Sanchez could be back is Nov. 17 at Buffalo, following the Jets' bye week.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 15, 2013 B12

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