Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is saying all the right things with the club in the midst of an atrocious road trip, having lost five consecutive games and on the cusp of losing control of its once secure playoff spot.
As Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips prepared Monday for the charter flight here, kick-starting a seven-game, 15-day odyssey which will eventually cover 6,670 kilometres, he was able to put some perspective on the situation.
Jason Spezza’s recovery from back disc surgery has taken “longer than anybody thought or expected,” Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Friday, acknowledging that the club’s number one centre may not be back before the regular season ends.
Milan Michalek’s troublesome knee issues have re-appeared. The concern now is whether Michalek will need surgery to fix the problems permanently. Michalek has had surgery on both of his knees during his career.
The good news for the Ottawa Senators is that Guillaume Latendresse will finally be back in the lineup Monday against the Boston Bruins, after missing the past 18 games with migraines and whiplash-related problems.