Spezza no closer to comeback: GM

Jason Spezza’s recovery from back surgery means he’s not likely to return unless the Senators can make a playoff run.

Jason Spezza has skated on his own, but he's not close to returning to the Sens' lineup for the playoffs, GM Bryan Murray said Monday. Photo by Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press.

Abstract: As expected, Jason Spezza’s recovery from back surgery will keep him on the sidelines, at least to start the playoffs.
Ken Warren
OTTAWA — Jason Spezza is improving, but the Montreal Canadiens probably aren’t going to have to worry about facing him in the playoffs.
At least that’s the way Senators general manager Bryan Murray sees it, suggesting that Spezza isn’t close to returning to the lineup.
“I suspect we would probably have to go a little distance (in the playoffs) for that to happen,” Murray said Monday.
Spezza, who had back disc surgery on Jan. 31 and experienced a setback — no pun intended — during his rehabilitation, has returned to skating on his own. If he continues to improve, the next step would be to practise with the team.
The good news for the Senators on the injury front is that defenceman Chris Phillips should be fine for the start of the series against the Canadiens. Murray says that Phillips “tweaked his knee a little bit” in the regular-season finale against Boston and the club took him out for precautionary reasons.
While Phillips might not practise when the club returns to the ice Tuesday, Murray expects him to skate on Wednesday.

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