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OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announced today his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former first overall selection of the Senators in 1996, Phillips spent his entire 19-year NHL career in Ottawa, establishing a new Senators all-time games played mark with 1,179 while making a lasting impression on the Ottawa-Gatineau community.
“Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations.”
Speaking to the Sun in a telephone interview from his cottage outside Ottawa, Phillips confirmed Saturday morning he suffered a small crack in a disc in his back while trying to make a comeback from surgery to repair the bulging disc that hampered him all season.
Phillips certainly won’t be ready for the start of camp Sept. 17 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
“It’s a significant setback and it’s very frustrating,” said Phillips, who was fully recovered from the surgery and had returned to the ice on Aug. 20 for the first time. “The surgery went well and everything on that side was great. I don’t know if it was a complication of the rehab and I’m not 100% sure how it happened.”
Phillips said day-to-day tasks at home are difficult as a result of the injury.
“It’s been a pretty tough time. After awhile that takes a toll,” he admitted.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson leads us up to the trade deadline wondering whether the trade deadline will in fact play out as witnessing Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim attempt to strike back at the St. Louis Blues' preemptive roster-strenghtening strike in bringing Ryan Miller and Steve Ott into the fold:
Do the Kings have to get New York Islanders’ unrestricted free agent winger Thomas Vanek now, even if the whole world knows Vanek is going to sign in Minnesota, where he has a summer home? Or should they go for Matt Moulson, who played 29 games with L.A. after general manager Dean Lombardi signed him as a free agent out of Cornell University in 2006?
Do the Ducks, who have two first-round picks and two seconds this June and need a right-handed shooting defenceman, take a big swing at six-foot-eight Tyler Myers in Buffalo, even though his salary-cap hit is $5.5 million? They could offer somebody like forward Kyle Palmeiri, but would probably keep winger Emerson Etem and goalie Viktor Fasth.
Are the Sharks deep enough with the return of third-line winger Raffi Torres following knee surgery, No. 2 centre Logan Couture (hand operation), and rookie sensation winger Tomas Hertl (knee) skating again?
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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
The 10-minute pre-practice discussion between Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and general manager Bryan Murray was the most intriguing development at Scotiabank Place Wednesday morning, but Phillips insists there’s nothing new in advance of Monday’s trade deadline.
Phillips says he wants to stay in Ottawa to be part of the club’s rebuilding plan, but he’s also hoping to secure a contract extension in advance of the trade deadline. If he doesn’t receive any guarantees about his future before then, he will have to decide whether to waive his no trade clause.
“I talked to Bryan (Murray) at the bench,” Phillips said. “We were just basically hanging out and we talked about a couple of things. He talked to my agent, but really, there’s nothing new that wasn’t different from before we talked.”
Should be a great game tonight as the Canadiens try to eke a win out of their, to this point, disappointing road trip out west. Carry Price gets the start in hs stomping ground, as the Habs continue to ice a patchwork defense and an offense that continued to underachiever.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Making $3.5 million this season, Phillips will have to take less money to stay. Neither side has discussed numbers and that could be part of Friday’s discussion.
“We’ve indicated that there’s a strong possibility (Phillips can stay) if Chris is inclined to do so,” said Murray. “The only question I asked: If it doesn’t fit financially for him or if what we’re doing here going younger (doesn’t work), give us an answer early enough.”
Murray said he will not force Phillips to waive his no-movement clause. But sources say there’s plenty of interest with Boston, Montreal, Vancouver and San Jose all looking for blue-line help.
It’s St. Valentine’s Day, and the Montreal Canadiens sit tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Not bad for a team many wrote out of the playoffs before the season began.
Even more impressive when one considers that the Habs are only one point behind Boston for third. This Canadiens team is achieving far beyond the expectations of many.
So the Habs lost 8-6 on Wednesday, as everyone knows. And yes, they were battered and bruised by the end. But am I worried about it? No. Here’s why.
This is it folks. The all-star game is over, and the back nine starts tomorrow, as the Canadiens face the Washington Capitals in D.C. Many questions await Montreal in their march towards the playoffs, but many have also been answered through the first 50 games of the season. A quick recap on what we know so far.
Can Carey Price pick up where Jaroslav Halak left off? He has done that and more, earning an all-star spot and Vezina chatter in the process. A .920 SVP ain’t bad, especially when you’re on pace to start 74 games (or 73.8, for those who do the math).
Another solid weekend for the Habs saw them take 3 of a possible 4 points. Max Pacioretty continues to impress, and Carey Price continues to make big saves. A few Monday evening observations:
1) The late period goal continues to be the Habs’ Achilles heel. Anaheim scored to make it 3-1 with less than a minute to go in the second period on Saturday, the umpteenth time this has happened in 10-11. Surely I’m not the only one noticing this, am I?