Chris Phillips encounters setbacks after offseason back surgery
The Ottawa Senators record holder for most games played is unlikely to join the lineup this season. After offseason back surgery, Chris Phillips isn't likely to return to the lineup.
He has been experiencing problems during rehabilitation from his back surgery this summer. Bryan Murray, Senators GM, on TSN 1200 said, "Chris is a ways away still... I think he's trying real hard. He's working in the gym and doing some skating, but I would say my estimation is he's a long shot to come back."
The 37-year-old has been out of the line up since February 5th of the past season, his 1,179th game, when he broke former captain Daniel Alfredsson's record.
Chris has been in Ottawa his entire career. The Senators drafted him first overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He has recorded 71 goals, 288 points, and a +68 rating. He's totaled 114 playoff games including helping the Sens' reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 when they fell to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 5.
Phillips is in the last year of his contract that pays him $2.5 million, and is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st of 2016.
Logan Couture out with lower body injury
The San Jose Sharks star forward, Logan Couture, is out indefinitely after sustaining what the Sharks medical staff called a lower body injury Wednesday night, in a 4-3 losing effort at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers. The surgery was to repair a small arterial bleed in his right leg.
It was only Couture's second game back in the lineup after missing 23 games this season with a fractured fibula in his ankle. He left the game just over halfway through the second period playing a total of 9:19.
"In Wednesday night's game in Edmonton, Logan suffered trauma to his right thigh, creating a Charley-horse effect which prohibited him from returning to the game. Upon returning to San Jose it was discovered that there was a small arterial bleed in the area. Last night, Logan underwent a successful procedure to close the artery and is expected to make a full recovery. At this time, there is no time frame for his return to the ice but we do not expect him this to be a long-term recovery. Fortunately, this injury is completely unrelated to his previous ankle injury," said Doug Wilson, the Sharks general manager, in a press release earlier today.
The Sharks recalled Ryan Carpenter from San Jose of the American Hockey League. He has two goals and a team-high 18 points in 20 AHL games.
Logan has two assists in five games played this season, including an assist against the Calgary Flames his first game back from his ankle injury.