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Slap shots

By TOM JONES
Published November 13, 2005


THAT SMAILS KID WILL EAT ANYTHING: Please be sure you're finished with breakfast before reading this item.

Last week while the Senators were practicing at a rink in Raleigh, a cockroach scurried across the locker room floor. One unnamed player said he would eat it if the price was right. The players pooled their money and came up with $500.

Team captain Daniel Alfredsson picks up the story: "When the (unnamed) player said he wasn't going to do it, (another) said "I will.' "

The other was kook goalie Ray Emery, who, uh, ended up collecting the money. Then he used the money to get a tattoo that is going to take 12 hours to complete. No one is sure what the tattoo is going to be, but he has had four hours of work done with two more sessions to go. The theme of the tattoo: Anger is a Gift.

WHERE ARE YOU?: Florida's Rostislav Olesz, unlike his teammates, was in South Florida when Hurricane Wilma hit. He holed up in his hotel room and said the whole ordeal was "scary."

With power out in his hotel, Olesz moved in with teammate Joe Nieuwendyk and his family.

"Nice family," Olesz told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "Good family."

The native of the Czech Republic also has been able to practice his English with Nieuwendyk's children.

"I watch Scooby-Doo every day," Olesz said. "It has been helping me. It's my favorite show."

WHAT COMES AROUND: Edmonton's Michael Peca, who has laid out a few guys in his career, is back after missing two weeks with a concussion after being knocked silly by Columbus' Rick Nash.

"I don't recall anything from just before game time until two hours after I got home (from the rink)," Peca told the Edmonton Journal. "Temporary amnesia. I've seen the hit, though. It was clean, maybe a little late, but clean."

Oddly, Nash injured his knee the next game against Calgary and is out at least a month. Peca was sympathetic, but joked, "that's what happens when guys cross my path."

LOOKING UP: Here's what Columbus' Trevor Letowski told the Columbus Dispatch when reminded his Blue Jackets were ranked 29th in the 30-team league:

"I didn't know we were 29th. I know our record, but when that's your record, you don't look at the standings. At least I don't. It's depressing. Who wants to wake up in the morning and see that?"