Swede deal for Phillips?

Senators defenceman Chris Phillips is looking to play hockey in Sweden very soon. (BBS photo)

Senators defenceman Chris Phillips is looking to play hockey in Sweden very soon. (BBS photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

No NHL? Chris Phillips is looking to play in Sweden.

The Senators defenceman told the Sun yesterday he expects to sign a contract with a Swedish Elite League team within the next 48 hours and he'll likely leave Ottawa with his family next week to begin practising.

Scheduled to make $2.3 million (all terms US), Phillips is waiting to make sure his contract is covered by insurance before leaving.

"I'm not doing this for the money," said Phillips. "I look at it as an opportunity to play. It's better than waiting around here to see if something is going to happen."

Phillips had agreed to play on a weekly basis in the Manotick Men's Hockey League on Sunday nights, but suited up just once.

"I was going to play for every team (in the Manotick league) once, but I couldn't afford to risk getting hurt when I started getting calls about this opportunity.

"I'm still optimistic that we're going to play hockey this year and this decision is totally based on hockey. It's one thing to go out and skate every day, but that doesn't keep you in hockey shape."

OSHL DEAD?: Sources say the 4-on-4 Original Stars Hockey League, which has cancelled its game Sunday in Ottawa, is on the verge of collapse. The word is a recent tour through the Maritimes was a disaster. "There just doesn't seem to be an appetite for this type of hockey and it should have been well-received in places like Moncton and Halifax, but it wasn't. I would be surprised if there's another game," said an NHL source.


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