MONTREAL _ Bryan Murray couldn’t watch it anymore.
First, it was Daniel Alfredsson stepping up for a teammate in Philly.
Then, it was David Dzuirzynski getting dropped by Frazer McLaren in Toronto. Chris Phillips has fought. Patrick Wiercioch had fought.
Enough was enough. Murray made a list of three tough guys.
Matt Kassian was the first on his liste.
Then, Murray took action.
“We need to have that presence,” said Murray Wednesday.
No kidding. They had it last year but couldn’t keep it. Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner both wanted to stay but both knew they could do better on the lucractive free agent market.
A sixth round pick for Kassian is nothing.
They need him. According to Dean Brown, Kassian has won 10 of his last 13 fights. He has taken on all the big guys. He didn’t join the team here. He went straight Ottawa. Kassian will make his debut in Buffalo Saturday.
The Senators are in a tough division.
Coach Paul MacLean said Kassian will be a welcome addition.
“We feel good about it. We feel like we’ve added an element to our team that is really important,” said MacLean Wednesday. “It’s something that we thougth we lacked as a group and we’ve addressed that.”
MacLean said the club has been looking to fill the void left by the depatures of Konopka and Carkner.
“We just felt like that element was important to us. We were trying to address that when we could and we were able to do it,” said MacLean.
Here’s Kassian fighting Boston’s Shawn Thornton: