Hurting Sens getting a little healthier

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The walking wounded are coming around for the Senators.

But nobody is sure when they'll return to the lineup.

Senators coach Bryan Murray confirmed yesterday that goalie Dominik Hasek remained in Ottawa to continue skating as he recovers from an adductor muscle injury.

As for injured winger Martin Havlat, he went through a battery of tests Saturday with athletic therapist Gerry Townend, but needs to get medical clearance early next month before he'll know when he can return from shoulder surgery.

With the NBA's Nets playing a game yesterday afternoon at the Continental Airlines Arena, there was no ice available for Hasek to skate on.

"I know he was able to do more than he was expected to do (Saturday) and that's good news. There's no timetable and (Hasek) is going to tell us when he's ready to go," said Murray.

Havlat has looked good, but hasn't been given clearance to have any physical contact in practice. The Senators want both players at full speed for the post-season.

"(Havlat) is in great shape. It's all going to be about timing for him when he's ready to return," said Murray.

There was no update on the status of centre Mike Fisher, who is recovering from an ankle injury suffered last Thursday in Boston.


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