Daniel Alfredsson is on the road to recovery, but there is no timetable for his return.
The Senators captain has been cleared to do light exercise after suffering a concussion on a hit from New York Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski Saturday, but the captain likely wonít play in either of the clubís games this weekend.
That means the 38-year-old will miss back-to-back home games Friday against the Montreal Canadiens and Saturday vs. the Buffalo Sabres.
Coach Paul MacLean didnít sound optimistic and pointed out that if you look at Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby's situation, the time needed for recovery is hard to predict with head injuries. Crosby is inching closer to return after suffering a concussion in January,
ďI donít have anything to make me pessimistic that itís going to be long-term,Ē said MacLean. ďWeíve just got to be patient and wait ... see how he feels every day.
ďThereís a team in Pittsburgh that has waited 11 months (for Crosby). We donít know so we canít put our finger on it to say that it is (long-term) or it isnít. Right now, itís anticipated (as short-term) but we donít know.Ē
MacLean said Alfredsson would have to make great progress to play on the weekend.
ďI believe he could play if he passes the protocals. Thatís my understanding,Ē said MacLean. ďBut he has to be ready to play. He hasnít skated and if he hasnít practised before Saturday then weíre probably not going to play him.Ē
Goalie Alex Auld skated Wednesday and could dress as the backup vs. the Habs.