Long-lost Leclaire nears return to Sens lineup

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Senators fans could catch another glimpse of Pascal Leclaire this season.

While a player returning from an injury wouldn’t normally be a big deal, coach Cory Clouston confirmed the Senators’ top goaltender could rejoin the club for practice next week.

Leclaire, 28, who hasn’t played since he pulled up lame in the warmup Dec. 17 in Colorado, faced shots Thursday before practice.

Clouston is convinced Leclaire will return to the lineup this season.

“He’s much better,” said Clouston. “He’s taken shots the last couple of days and there’s been a little more extension on the shots rather than being tight with his body.”

Once Leclaire is ready to return, he’ll have to first serve a two-week conditioning stint in Binghamton.


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