The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has contacted the Ottawa Senators in an effort to try to get the NHL club to allow Mika Zibanejad to participate in the upcoming World Junior Championship.
However, it still doesn't look like Ottawa is willing to let their Swedish prospect go overseas to play in the tournament. "I have talked to the federation in Sweden and suggested we would talk again," said GM Bryan Murray 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 but as of now he will stay here." Team Sweden coach Roger Ronnberg had some harsh words for the Senators for their decision on Monday. However, the team's brass seems to prefer the notion of Zibanejad making strides to adjust to the North American game rather than playing on the larger ice in Ufa, Russia where the world juniors is being held.