Skip to content

MacLean says Spezza won’t be ready for start of Round 2

May 11, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

Jason Spezza Getty Images

Now that Jason Spezza is skating with the Ottawa Senators’ “Black Aces” at practice, everyone in Ottawa is wondering if he might be ready to play in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sens coach Paul MacLean is making sure to not get anyone’s hopes up as Ian Mendes of Sportsnet reports. Is there a chance he’ll play?

“No, not in my mind,” MacLean said on Saturday morning when asked about Spezza being available for the start of the second round. “I don’t know what the hope is, but he is in a rehab process. And that process has him skating. To me, it’s a long way away.”

Spezza has been out since late January with a herniated disc in his back. It was believed his season was finished after having the operation in February to repair it, but now that he’s returned to skating hopes are rising. Let’s see him get back to actually practicing with the team before thinking he could be back.

Latest Posts
  1. NHL shoots down Tkachev’s contract with Edmonton

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    tkachevvlad Getty Images

    Updated with GM Craig MacTavish’s comments.

  2. Sabres expect Kaleta to miss about one month

    Sep 30, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs V Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    Buffalo was fearing a broken jaw, which would be even worse.

  3. NHL Board of Governors approves Islanders sale

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    islanderslogo

    It looks like the transition from Charles Wang’s ownership will ramp up soon.

  4. Johansen, Blue Jackets talks haven’t just resumed, they’re ‘very polite’

    Sep 30, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets  v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two Getty Images

    What a difference injuries and a nearing regular season makes …

  5. Drouin’s goal is to return for Lightning opener

    Sep 30, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

    Lightning Camp Hockey AP

    He says the “progress has been really good.”

  6. Risk Factors: Toronto Maple Leafs edition

    Sep 30, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

    Randy Carlyle Getty Images

    Will this be another season to forget for Toronto?

  7. Babcock was raving about Smith’s performance versus Leafs

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

    Brendan Smith AP

    Called him “the best defenseman on the ice.”

  8. Caps still haven’t identified their 2C

    Sep 30, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brooks Laich Getty Images

    “We’ve got three games left here, so we really need to finalize what we’re going to do.”

  9. Spezza wants to ‘get comfortable’ before talking contract with Stars

    Sep 30, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    “I’m not naive, I know as the season goes on it’ll become more of a talking point.”

  10. Jets get good news on eye injuries to Cormier, Galiardi

    Sep 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Patrice Cormier Patrice Cormier

    Looks like both have avoided serious damage.

  11. Speedy recovery: Giroux (lower body) to play vs. Rangers tonight

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

    claudegirouxcgetty Getty Images

    Flyers captain will make preseason debut at Wells Fargo.

  12. Devils release Fedotenko and Kaberle from tryouts

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Could either catch on with another team?

  13. Risk Factors: New York Rangers edition

    Sep 30, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Four Getty Images

    Defending Eastern Conference champs had some major turnover this summer.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (2640)
  2. R. Johansen (2385)
  3. E. Malkin (2203)
  4. P. Datsyuk (2179)
  5. J. Drouin (2052)
  1. D. Stepan (2040)
  2. F. Forsberg (1867)
  3. T. Krug (1791)
  4. C. Giroux (1788)
  5. J. Staal (1762)