OTTAWA - Returning from back surgery that cost him all but five games of the 2012-13 campaign was tougher than Jason Spezza figured.
Now, it appears, he's finally back to being the player and point producer that he's been his whole career. Now he has a winger with whom he clicks. Now he's fully equipped to lead the Senators as they try to work their way back into the playoff picture.
"I think I'm moving better," Spezza said after Tuesday's practice at Canadian Tire Centre. "At the start of the year I don't think I was as sharp as maybe I've been in the past, because I missed a full season.
"As much as I wanted to tell myself I was going to hop back on to the highway at full speed, it maybe took me 15-20 games to get back to that game pace. I've felt better about my game for the last couple of months, and I'm starting to get rewarded offensively for it."