MONTREAL - Jason Spezza has made a step in the right direction.
While the Senators' top centre isn't close to returning from the back surgery he had in January, he has made progress and is doing more rigorous training to prepare for a return.
"He's skating and it's gone beyond public skating," said coach Paul MacLean Wednesday. "It's gone to the next stage of his rehab. We're hoping for him it can progress as quickly as it can.
"At the same time, it has to be done properly. He has elevated his work schedule and that's good."
MacLean said before Spezza can play, he has to get back to skating with the team.
"He's not in the final stages at all," MacLean said. "The final stages would be to come out and actually practise and to be a full participant in a full practice. I don't think he's close to that yet. His work level has been upgraded and we'll see how it goes."