Redden's ready to return to the lineup

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:39 PM ET

The Senators will be welcoming back one of their troops just in time for the Battle of Ontario.

Defenceman Wade Redden, who has missed 10 games with a knee injury, will return to the lineup tonight as the club takes on the rival Maple Leafs at the Corel Centre.

After sitting and waiting for the last three weeks, Redden declared himself ready to go following a 60-minute workout yesterday.

"I feel good," said Redden, whose return will likely make either Christoph Schubert or Brian Pothier a healthy scratch against the Leafs.

"This has been tough for me to keep watching every night. I was hoping to be back sooner, but when this originally happened we thought it might be only a week.

"Once they got a closer look at it, they realized that this was a 2-4 week injury and I was just going to have to give it time to get healthy. I'm ready to go and I'm looking forward to getting back playing."

So are the Senators. The power play has struggled without Redden and coach Bryan Murray is looking forward to having him back on the ice.

"He's the best puck-moving defenceman we've got," said Murray. "You miss a lot when he's not there. He really helps the power play and he's an all-star defenceman who plays a lot of minutes for us. Anytime you lose a guy like that it hurts."


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