Sens' Shannon ready to play

Ryan Shannon was sidelined with a concussion after a hit during the game against the Leafs last...

Ryan Shannon was sidelined with a concussion after a hit during the game against the Leafs last week. (QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

The Senators were grounded Thursday, but at least one player can’t wait to start flying.

While the Senators weren’t able to fly to New York City because of weather issues in the area, winger Ryan Shannon is looking forward to suiting up Thursday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The club is scheduled to fly Friday morning.

Shannon has been cleared to play after a hit from Jay Rosehill last week against the Maple Leafs. Shannon will be in the lineup against the Rangers Friday as the club opens a back-to-back series in New York.

“I’m 100%. I feel great. I took all the tests and the protocols that were necessary,” said Shannon, who has a concussion history. “It was precaution. It was because of my history that it took so long for me to get back. I feel great.”

Centre Mike Fisher wasn’t on the ice. He had a sore neck after taking a check from behind in the club’s 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs Wednesday at home. Coach Cory Clouston said Fisher “is fine.”

Goaltender Brian Elliott is expected to make the start against the Rangers while Pascal Leclaire will likely be in the net Saturday at home. Ideally, Clouston would like one of the goalies to step up to seize the top job.

“Whichever goalie steps up we’ll go with,” said Clouston. “At times last year, they both did it.”

The Senators open the season next Friday against the Buffalo Sabres at home.

Final cuts will be made Monday.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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