The True Test.
Some say Spezza has been invisible this year, and the team has been winning without him.
Well, we’re about to find out the truth of this view.
Spezza, according to Clouston, has suffered a “fairly serious right knee injury”, but the team will not know more until an MRI is done later this afternoon. It was hinted that the injury may be similar to that suffered by Chris Neil, and, in a worst case, may LTIR Spezza for up to 2 months, but more likely 3-6 weeks.
Well, this surely eliminates any hope of Spezza making Team Canada (not that there was any at this point), but in an odd twist of fate, the Olympic break will provide some relief in terms of games played should Spezza truly require the “worst case” amount of time for re-hab.
On another “silver lining”, if in fact Spezza has been fighting some nagging injuries, the break will surely provide him with the time necessary to get those issues under control as well.
Is this a good thing? Surely not, but with a Spezza of just 5 goals and 19 points, the Sens are in 7th place, holding a strong P% lead over their nearest rival, so his loss is surely not as dire as would have been the case in years past.
Josh Hennessy has been re-called from Bingo (Pos. C — Height 6.00 — Weight 198 — Shoots L). For those of you who recall, Josh was acquired from the SJS in the Havlat trade, and has never stuck with the big club in his time as a Senator. The key knock on Josh is his tenacity and physicality. He has skill, and speed, but he’s never displayed the determination to fully utilize these skills. Can he be a top 6 guy? Absolutely. Will he be? Never has yet. But he is having a career year as a pro (.89 pts/g), so maybe it’s starting to click.
Josh, no pressure here, but it’s now or never laddy, look no further than Carks (18:19 ATOI) for what can happen if you put it all together. You know the coach, you know the system, now produce, and as an impending RFA, the potential pay-out is life altering.
Get ‘er done boys, considering the tightness of the standings, the Sens will have to pull it together and start to post wins using their full roster depth. Luckily, that’s what they’ve done successfully all year, but now there’s no Spezza to draw away the defenders attention, warranted or not.