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Zub speaks, the Rivalry Series begins, and Nilsson’s comments on concussion protocols

It’s the Monday edition of Links, News and Notes!

Columbus Blue Jackets v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andrea Cardin/NHLI via Getty Images

After two disappointing but still entertaining losses at home, the Ottawa Senators are set to wrap up their homestand tonight against the Washington Capitals. Meanwhile, the rest of the NHL is predictably full of interesting storylines. Here’s your Monday edition of links, news and notes from around the league and the hockey world.

  • I don’t always plug routine media availabilities, but this is one you don’t want to miss: Artem Zub spoke to the media yesterday for the first time since he first signed, and the first time without a translator. As it turns out, his English has gotten pretty good! He confirmed that he doesn’t have a lot of powerplay experience, and said that he still needs to get comfortable on the powerplay. Considering how good he looked on the second unit on Saturday, I’m extremely excited to see what other level he can reach once he becomes more comfortable. Also, yes, he is aware that the fans are saying “Zuuub” and not booing him. It’s nice to see him comfortable speaking to the media, and I hope we get to hear from him more in the future!
  • After taking a costly penalty in the Rangers game on Saturday, Parker Kelly has been reassigned to Belleville. Scott Sabourin is expected to draw into the lineup tonight, but keep an eye out for newest Senator Dylan Gambrell, acquired yesterday in a trade with the Sharks. Austin Watson is apparently practicing with the team, and hoping to join them on their upcoming road trip. Pinto is still out, and apparently so is Matt Murray, as Gustavsson has been called up.
  • Our final bit of Sens news isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s still a disappointment: the Sens are reportedly taking calls about Erik Brännström.