Senators practice update: Winchester stringing healthy days together

Injured Ottawa Senators centre Jesse Winchester doesn’t care how long it takes him to get back into the lineup — he’s just happy to be feeling somewhat normal again.

Senators practice update: Winchester stringing healthy days together
General Manager Bryan Murray is deep in thought as the Ottawa Senators practice at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, March 19, 2014, . (Photo by Wayne Cuddington/ Ottawa Citizen)

Injured Ottawa Senators centre Jesse Winchester doesn’t care how long it takes him to get back into the lineup — he’s just happy to be feeling somewhat normal again.

Winchester, who has missed the last three months with a concussion, skated in a full practice with his teammates Friday and said afterwards that it was the best he’s felt since getting hurt.

While it’s a good sign he’s on the mend, he isn’t about to start setting timelines for a return.

“I can tell you I feel great and I just have to continue getting better and being sharp on the ice and hopefully be back soon,” he said.

Winchester said his biggest obstacle to playing again isn’t staying in shape, it’s going symptom-free for longer periods of time.

“But today was a good day, the last couple days have been really good.”

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES FROM SENATORS PRACTICE:

Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson and Sergei Gonchar all took the day off for maintenance.

Ben Bishop on his first home game, and win: “I’ve played in a couple of Canadian cities, this is definitely the loudest building by far.” As expected, he’ll be back in net against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night.

— The forgotten man in Ottawa’s crease, Craig Anderson, continues to improve. Said coach Paul MacLean: “I think there’s some real good progress, real positive progress for him…there’s still not a timeframe on it, but he’s making good progress.”

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