One sure way to know life has changed dramatically for Stéphane Da Costa?
The native of Paris was answering questions Tuesday in his native French as well as in English after he completed practice at Canadian Tire Centre as part of the 22-player Ottawa Senators opening night roster.
For most of the past two seasons Da Costa has been in Binghamton N.Y. where well there wasn’t that much call for him to his French to use.
“I’m definitely excited but I’m not relieved yet” said DaCosta the 24-year-old centre who practised on a line between wingers Zack Smith and Chris Neil on Tuesday. “I’m on a two-way contract (much higher National Hockey League salary only if he remains in the NHL) and I could go down tomorrow or in two months or in two weeks so I’ve got to try my best to stay here all year.”
Da Costa received his NHL spot the old-fashioned way: he earned it. While Mika Zibanejad lost his spot for essentially going through the motions — more on that later — Da Costa responded to t...