Joe's almost a go

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Joe Corvo is getting closer to making his regular-season debut in a Senators uniform.

The Senators defenceman, who broke his foot while blocking a shot in the pre-season, feels ready to take part in practice and hopes to suit up Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

"I'm going to try to take some contact in practice for sure and then go from there," said Corvo. "It felt all right. There's some things I can feel when I make tight turns and we'll wait for that pain to go away. But they said when this happened it was going to be 4-6 weeks and we're at about three weeks right now, so this is pretty good."

Getting Corvo back should help the power play because it will allow coach Bryan Murray to take captain Daniel Alfredsson off the right point. It means Corvo will likely be paired with Wade Redden when the club has the man advantage and he'll skate with Chris Phillips during even strength situations.

"It means I won't have to play a forward back there to start with," said Murray. "(Corvo) is a big shot. He's a little bit like (Alfredsson) with mobility, so he can get the puck up the ice and I believe he can slide and shoot pretty well. That gives me a chance to keep my forward (positions) intact."


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