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OTTAWA - Will he stay or will he go? Curtis Lazar will finally get an answer this week.The Ottawa rookie is expected to play his ninth game Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, forcing the Senators to make a decision on the young centres future.The options are clear. The 19-year-old Lazar can either remain in the NHL or return to the Western Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oil Kings.After eight games, Lazar has made a strong case for himself to remain in the NHL. He has just two assists, but he hasnt looked out of place and on many nights has been one of Ottawas better players.Over the course of the eight games Lazar has played at wing and centre and killed penalties. Hes even been out on the ice in the dying minutes of a close game.Lazar is aware of the significance of Tuesdays game, but is trying not to overthink it.I approach it like another game and I know a decisions going to have to be made and its sort of my last chance of an audition, Lazar said. If I think about that then its not going to be beneficial to myself. I just have to go out and play and whatever happens, happens.Lazar knew coming in he would be facing this situation, but as the deadline approaches he would rather know his fate sooner rather than later.I kind of want to get it out of the way, he said. I kind of want the decision done where I can get a feel of where Im going to be this season for the most part and get comfortable because I still have that in the back of my mind. I could be going back to junior or I could be staying here. I dont know its up in the air. It sort of weighs on your mind a little bit, but nothing I can control so I just go out there and play my game and wait for the decision.The Senators are currently carrying two extra forwards. Most nights Erik Condra and Colin Greening have found themselves the odd man out.With four games this week head coach Paul MacLean said its likely everyone will get an opportunity to play, but that some decisions will have to be made to solidify the roster.Were getting to the point where we have to play our best team and decide what our best team is, MacLean said. Condra and Greening obviously have to be in that consideration with our group and those are the discussions that were continuing to have… but also it comes to the point that the tenth game you have to play your best team too so thats the decisions were in discussion in today.MacLean has been reserved in his evaluation of Lazars play to this point.Hes been very consistent and he hasnt done anything for us not to keep him, but we have to make the decision whats based best not only for our team, but also for him, MacLean said. Hes still a young man and we have to make sure hes in the proper environment to grown into the player that we all see him potentially being.With games against Detroit, Minnesota, Winnipeg and Toronto this week the Senators (5-3-2) will face their first significant test.Overall the organization seems satisfied with the teams performance after ten games, but there is definitely room for improvement as evidenced in a 4-2 loss in Boston on Saturday.I think weve been good, said captain Erik Karlsson. I think the record we have, were happy with it, were happy where we are. We had a letdown game in Boston, but thats the way its going to be sometimes. Luckily we play (Tuesday) and I dont think thats going to affect us any way. Win or loss, we just look ahead and to the next game.Karlsson doesnt believe the team has played its best hockey yet, but also said were not supposed to do that yet either.Consistency remains elusive for this group, much as it did last season at times.Putting up a 60-minute effort would be nice, Karlsson said. I think as of right now we have our ups and downs and I think weve been managing them l, but going forward here we maybe need to put a little bit more focus in the whole game and not try and have a few letdowns where we let in a few goals and we have to chase all the time.Individually Karlsson knows he needs to be better. He was minus-4 against Boston, but he doesnt allow himself to dl on a poor performance.Im just going to turn the page and move forward, Karlsson said. I dont really care what happened last game. We lost, thats the end of the story for me. Last season the Senators often struggled on home ice, but so far theyve gone 2-0-2 at Canadian Tire Centre and would like to see that improve with a strong performance this week.Weve built some momentum at home with the start to our season and we need to come out Tuesday and have a game, MacLean said. We have a good opponent so we should be fired up to play them.Notes: G Craig Anderson will get the start against Detroit Tuesday. D Mark Borowiecki remains day-to-day with an upper body injury. He isnt expected to play Tuesday, but could be back in the lineup by the end of the week. D Marc Methot continues to make progress, but isnt expected to start skating with the team this week. Methot continues to be sidelined by his back. RW Alex Chiasson was on the ice and then left practice, but he isnt expected to miss any time. Erik Karlsson says he remains in close contact with Daniel Alfredsson and said Alfredsson has not made a decision on his future despite the fact that he has been unable to join the Red Wings due to a recurring back issue.
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.C. - Marcus Lattimore feels close to 100 per cent and is counting down the days until he can run free and easy for the San Francisco 49ers.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - John Elway and Gary Kubiak are back together drawing up blueprints for the Denver Broncos to get back to the Super Bowl.Elway hired Kubiak on Monday, inking his former backup QB and offensive co-ordinator to a four-year contract. Kubiak replaces John Fox, who was ousted last week following Denvers stunning loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.Having coached on three Super Bowl teams and 11 playoff teams, Gary knows what it will take to deliver another world championship to Denver, Elway said in a statement.Fox went 49-22, counting playoffs, in four seasons in Denver, where he won four AFC West titles. But Elway didnt like the lack of fire the team displayed in its biggest games, including a 35-point loss in last years Super Bowl and a 24-13 loss at home as a heavy favourite two weeks ago.Fox was hired as the Chicago Bears new coach on Friday.Kubiak and his staff are expected to bring a discipline and toughness that Elway deemed was lacking in Denver, where a talent-laden roster that featured an NFL-high 10 Pro Bowlers lost at home in the playoffs after a bye for the second time in three years.In each of the past two seasons, Elway, the teams general manager and executive vice-president, found it necessary to address the players himself following particularly bad performances, something the head coach usually handles.In Kubiak, Elway brings back a man who went down the championship trails with him in the 1990s.Kubiaks relationship with Elway includes nine seasons as his backup QB, from 1983-91, and four seasons as his offensive co-ordinator.After winning his first Super Bowl ring as the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach in 1994, he returned to Denver on Mike Shanahans staff and helped draw up the blueprint for the Broncos two Super Bowl championships following the 1997 and 98 seasons.Altogether, Kubiak spent 11 seasons as Shanahans top offensive assistant before leaving in 2006 to coach the Houston Texans. He went 63-66, counting 2-2 in the playoffs, in eight seasons in Houston.Gary Kubiak has established a track record of leadership, success and high character during his 30 seasons in the NFL, Elway said in a statement. While there is no question he is a Bronco, what Gary has learned from his other opportunities around the league, especially in his eight seasons as a head coach, will tremendously benefit oour organization.dddddddddddds Denvers offensive co-ordinator from 1995-2005, Kubiak helped the Broncos lead the league in scoring (25.2 points per game), total yards (365 yards per game) and rushing (142.2-yard average) over that span. He also coached the teams quarterbacks for eight of those seasons (1995-02), including a four-year period from 1995-98 in which Elway ranked second in the NFL in touchdown passes (101) and fourth in yards passing (13,739).Gary has been part of the Broncos family for two decades and has proven himself as a highly successful head coach and assistant coach around the NFL, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said.From his time in Denver, he completely understands — and has contributed to — the culture of winning that has been established throughout Pat Bowlens ownership. Gary also respects what the Broncos mean to this community and the special connection this team has with its fans.Although Kubiak, 53, gets a second chance as a head coach in Denver, his comeback actually began in Baltimore last season.Under Kubiak, the Ravens improved from 30th in the league in rushing to eighth and Joe Flaccos sacks dropped from 48 to 19. Flacco also set career highs in yards passing (3,986) and TD passes (27) and running back Justin Forsetts breakout season earned him his first Pro Bowl berth.Earlier this month, Kubiak bypassed chances to interview for the head coaching vacancies with the Bears and the Jets, saying he was happy in Baltimore.That was before his dream job opened up.Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted his congratulations and asked, How can you be mad at a guy who did his job and was rewarded with dream opportunity that WASNT available when he said he was staying?From all Im hearing, hell be a great hire, Broncos star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said.Kubiak takes over a team that may or may not have Peyton Manning under centre in 2015. The five-time MVP is mulling his future after a promising season turned sour down the stretch and ended unexpectedly.Elway asked Manning not to make a rash decision and said he wont need an answer for a few weeks. Manning, who turns 39 in March, is due $19 million each of the next two seasons.Manning pulled out of next weeks Pro Bowl because a strained right thigh hasnt gotten much better since his season ended.___AP NFL website: