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08:21 AM ET 12.05 | Before the tournament even begins, the IIHF World Junior Championship has a controversy, one started by Swedish head coach Roger Ronnberg when he lashed out at the Ottawa Senators. Yes, [the Senators] have heard from the Swedish hockey federation, requesting Mika Zibanejad's presence at a certain world junior tournament in Russia. But, no, the Senators are still not inclined to let Ziba go. "I have talked to the federation in Sweden and suggested we would talk again," Murray said, in an email to the Citizen Tuesday evening. "Our interest is for Mika and his development and we think he is best served here. He has had a tough adjustment (to the AHL) and a month away will be like starting over upon his return. We will talk further."

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Paul MacLean, Icon Sports Paul MacLean, Icon Sports
December 5, 2012  08:39 AM ET

I hate when politicians get involved.

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December 5, 2012  09:09 AM ET

As much as i would like to see the Sens do well i think they were over achievers last year and will drop down to where they belong.

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December 5, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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This is the most disgusting comment i've read in FN for over a year. Take it back man.

LOL

All kidding aside, at this point, the Sens are losing what exactly? if He plays at the WJC and gets hurt, they'll have an excuse to latch onto.

December 5, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Honor requires that you let him play for his Country Murray.

December 5, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Honor requires that you let him play for his Country Murray.

"Let My Zibanejad Go" just doesn't sound right.

December 5, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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"Let My Zibanejad Go" just doesn't sound right.

Depends who is holding it.

December 5, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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Depends who is holding it.

Perfect! :)

December 5, 2012  10:22 AM ET

"I have talked to the federation in Zzzweden and zzzuggested we zzzhould talk again about letting Zzziba go. That'zzz dezzzzpicable azzz far azzz I'm conzzzerned!" ," Murray said ...

December 5, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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"I have talked to the federation in Zzzweden and zzzuggested we zzzhould talk again about letting Zzziba go. That'zzz dezzzzpicable azzz far azzz I'm conzzzerned!" ," Murray said ...

Thay now.......that'th juth mean.

December 5, 2012  01:03 PM ET
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Honor requires that you let him play for his Country Murray.

Yup...I guess they feel the near 30 minutes per game he'll be playing for Sweden for a whole two weeks will ruin him forever...what a joke!!!

December 5, 2012  01:58 PM ET
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Yup...I guess they feel the near 30 minutes per game he'll be playing for Sweden for a whole two weeks will ruin him forever...what a joke!!!

Exactly - i see such huge upside for the young players that compete in this. The pressure cooker atmosphere is excellent for them. So many current NHL stars say nothing but great things about their tournament(s), win or lose.

December 5, 2012  04:15 PM ET
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Exactly - i see such huge upside for the young players that compete in this. The pressure cooker atmosphere is excellent for them. So many current NHL stars say nothing but great things about their tournament(s), win or lose.

Wow. "Somting Wong?" Must be. I agree with you again HC!

December 5, 2012  04:19 PM ET
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"Somting Wong?"

Pok fly lice

December 5, 2012  05:45 PM ET
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Exactly - i see such huge upside for the young players that compete in this. The pressure cooker atmosphere is excellent for them. So many current NHL stars say nothing but great things about their tournament(s), win or lose.

The kid scored the gold medal game winner for his country...to take another opportunity like that away from him is an embarrassing bush-league move by the Senators.

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December 5, 2012  09:01 PM ET
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Maybe, just maybe the Sens have inside information that he will be lacing them up very soon for the big boy club and they want him ready to go.Just throwing it out there, not trying to incite another Tourette's outburst from rainman or anything.

I hope your right about your first statement , and your second one is down right hilarious ;-)

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