Carkner taking first skates back to returning

Senators defenceman Matt Carkner made the trip to Western Canada – his first with the team this year – and practised with the team as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

Senators defenceman Matt Carkner made the trip to Western Canada – his first with the team this year – and practised with the team as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
He was holding out hope that he’ll play on this trip trough Western Canada but coach Paul MacLean said that wasn’t going to happen. Carkner has missed everything since training camp, said MacLean, and has had only two practices. It’ll be some time before he plays.
Carkner said he’s been miserable since having surgery. He worked hard during the summer and was in terrific shape, but had the bad luck to work out just too hard one day and that was what hurt his knee.
In Monday’s practice, Carkner lined up with David Rundblad, which seemed to suggest that Brian Lee will be in tonight against the Flames.
Peter Regin (shoulder) is also with the team and skating with conditioning coach Chris Schwarz but he won’t be back until around Christmas.
Meanwhile, Chris Neil remains in Ottawa and off skates with a sprained ankle. Whether it’s a more serious high ankle sprain isn’t exactly know, said MacLean, but there’s a chance it could be.

What do you think? Leave a comment