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Spezza ‘not even close’ to rejoining Sens

Apr 26, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

Jason Spezza

On Friday, the Ottawa Senators got a sobering update on the status of last year’s leading scorer, Jason Spezza.

“Not even close to joining the team,” said head coach Paul MacLean, adding Spezza was at the “public skating” stage of his rehab from back surgery.

The 29-year-old forward, who finished fourth in the NHL in points (84) last year, underwent surgery to fix a herniated disc on Feb. 1 and hasn’t played since.

He only recently resumed skating, and today’s update suggests his chances of returning for the playoffs are slim.

(Ottawa clinched a berth in the postseason for the second straight year with a OT win over Washington on Thursday.)

The Spezza news is a downer for Ottawa, a club that’s received nothing but good news on the health front lately.

Goalie Craig Anderson came back from an ankle injury and has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.01 GAA and .917 save percentage in April, while defenseman Jared Cowen returned from hip surgery to make his season debut on Apr. 16.

Then, last night against the Caps, reigning Norris winner Erik Karlsson came back after a 31-game absence (lacerated Achilles) to register two assists and log over 27 minutes of ice time.

  1. tfaltin - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Glad to see they eased Karlsson in, didnt give him 30 minutes right away.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Yeah they just gave him 27.

      • 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Your sarcasm detector may need an update.

  2. rippit2000 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I’m sure this is somehow Matt Cooke’s fault.

  3. steelcity333 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I wonder how their investigation into HIS injury is going. The investigation into Karlsson’s is taking a very long time. I wonder why.?

    • rippit2000 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      For the same reason that finding the Loch Ness Monster is taking such a long time – there’s nothing to find.

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