May 2, 2013
No miracle for Senators' Jason Spezza
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Don't expect to see Senators centre Jason Spezza back anytime soon, according to head coach Paul MacLean. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

MONTREAL - Don't expect Jason Spezza to make a miracle recovery and heroic return to the Senators anytime soon.

As the Senators prepare for Game 2 of their Round 1 playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens Friday night at the Bell Centre, the clubs top centre didnt even come along for the playoff ride when Ottawa arrived here Tuesday.

Instead, Spezza, who had surgery to repair a disc in his back on Jan. 31, remained in Ottawa to continue his rehab to try to get back to the point where hes capable of returning to the clubs lineup this season.

Hes continuing his process and his rehab, so Im not sure what that entails today, but hes in Ottawa, I know that, said coach Paul MacLean before Game 1 Thursday.

Hes rehabbing. Im not sure if hes skating or hes just in the gym. Hes having a normal rehab day whatever that requires. I have no idea (if hes closer).

When Spezza had the procedure, the hope was he would return in time for the playoffs. His timeline continues to be a mystery, but at this juncture it would be hard to believe hed play again this season.


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