May 10, 2013
Jason Spezza might return to Ottawa Senators for Round 2
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Ottawa Senator Jason Spezza talked to the media for the first time after his operation during practice at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont. Friday Feb 8, 2013. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

OTTAWA - Really, what the Senators have been able to do under adversity this season is amazing.

Beating the odds, battling through devastating injuries, getting hashtagged as pesky, the Senators could soon get a huge boost as they look to get past Round 2 of the NHL playoffs. It's possible star centre Jason Spezza, out since late January with a back injury, will return to the lineup.

Senators GM Bryan Murray revealed Friday that Spezza has been stepping up his rehab, skating with the team's reserve players, the Black Aces.

"He worked out fairly hard," said Murray. "He was involved (Thursday) and again (Friday). He's making progress. Where he is as far as game ready, I'm not sure.

"He was a little bit sore (Friday) as could be expected. It's day to day now. Do you get better, do you feel stronger, do you feel you can compete, can you win puck battles? There are a lot of things that go into being an NHL player in the playoffs."

Spezza last played Jan. 27, and had surgery to repair a herniated disc on Feb. 1. There would have to be a bit of rustiness after the lengthy absence.

"Over the weekend, he'll continue to work hard," said Murray. "It'll then be up to Jason and (coach) Paul MacLean to decide if he's going to practise with the team or skate a little longer.



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