Winchester on the road again

Jesse Winchester was all smiles after practice on Tuesday.

MONTREAL — Jesse Winchester was all smiles after practice on Tuesday.

He was packing for the train ride to Montreal — his first road trip with his teammates since suffering a concussion in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 20.

“So I’m pretty excited about that,” he said.

However, it’ll be some time before he gets to play a game.

Even though he has been able to practice with his teammates, Winchester said he is still not 100 per cent.

The concussion protocol calls for him to increase his physical activity until he is free of symptoms. Then he has to take his final neuropsychological tests, which will then be examined by team doctor Mark Aubry.

Just on a guess, Winchester appears to be at least two weeks away.

Meanwhile, Craig Anderson was on the ice for a time on Tuesday taking shots from the assistant coaches.

But that doesn’t mean he’ll be back anytime soon, said MacLean.

“Craig has made a lot of progress with the glove and getting the comfort level and all that,” he said.

“So that was a good sign to see him out there, even if it was for a little bit. It’s a step in the right direction.”

When Anderson comes back, the Senators will probably have to make a decision about Alex Auld or Ben Bishop, because general manager Bryan Murray said, after acquiring Bishop, that when Anderson returned the team would be carrying only two goalies.

Bishop is on a two-way contract and could be sent to the minors.

TO COACH: MacLean is getting mentioned in a lot of circles as a top candidate for the coach of the year award, for his resurrection of the Ottawa Senators.

Asked on Tuesday what he thought of that, he couldn’t find the words.

“Oh I — I have no opinion on that at all,” he said.

“Flattered is all I can say.”

MacLean and Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues are thought to be the top two candidates. The award is selected by NHL broadcasters.

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