Return's a Bruin for Redden

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Wade Redden won't be joining the Senators on their current four-game road trip.

But the veteran defenceman could be healthy enough to play when the Senators return home to face old friend Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins next Tuesday.

Nursing a chest/shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 30.

Redden has been skating with assistant Randy Lee daily at Scotiabank Place as the Senators stop in Nashville tonight.

While Redden is still listed as "indefinite," he's feeling a lot better, is able to shoot the puck a lot more and is aiming to return against the Bruins if he's able to get through Monday's practice unscathed.

'Doing pretty good'

'It feels a lot better than it did. It's going pretty good," said Redden yesterday following a workout. "I'm able to skate, shoot and handle the puck a lot better. Obviously, getting hit is a different story.

"When this first happened, they didn't give me a timetable of when I would be back, but they figured it was going to be at least two weeks. I'm at the two-week point (today) and hopefully it continues to improve."

Redden suffered a pull in the chest/shoulder area that has hurt his range of motion. He's getting it back and would like to return against the Bruins because being a spectator has taken its toll.

He's done a lot of watching from the sidelines this season -- he's already missed eight games with a groin injury that has hampered him since training camp.

He'd like to think once he returns from this ailment, he'll be able to stay healthy for the rest of the season.

"I'm not a guy that is used to missing a lot of games," said Redden.

"This isn't something that I've gone through a whole lot in my career and to be honest it's tough to watch. I know with guys like myself and (Daniel Alfredsson) in the lineup, we can help make the difference in some games.

"It was really good to see the guys get the win in Detroit (Tuesday) and hopefully they can keep it going. It would be great to play (against Boston). That's kind of the goal right now, but we're going to have to see."


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