Now more than one-third of the way through the Ottawa Senators’ shortened season, the numbers are staggering. Consider the following: The combined salaries of the team’s injured players – Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Milan Michalek, Guillaume Latendresse and Peter Regin – is a whopping $20.663 million, according to capgeek.com. That works out to 39 per cent of the Senators payroll of $53.553 million.
There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.