Phillips is expected to announce his retirement from Ottawa on Thursday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. With the combination of age -- Phillips is 38 years old -- and lingering back issues, the 1996 No. 1 pick will hang up his skates to finish out a 17-year career with the team that called his name on draft day. The blueliner's last game played marked a milestone, as Phillips suited up for the most contests in Ottawa's history -- 1,179 career outings. The veteran finished his time in the NHL with 71 goals and 217 assists.
Phillips (back) confirmed that he will not return this season, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports. Phillips was not expected back after struggling to make headway on a return from offseason back surgery. The next decision for the 38-year-old blueliner is if he will hang up his skates after 17 seasons in the NHL (all with Ottawa). The 1996 No. 1 pick has 71 goals and 217 assists in his career.
Phillips is not making much progress in his attempt to return from offseason back surgery and his career may be coming to an end, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Senators GM Bryan Murray said, "Chris is a ways away. He's trying really hard, he's in the gym and doing some skating but I would say, in my estimation, he's a longshot to come back." Phillips is a loyal member of the Sens, having spent his entire 17-year career with the Canadian team. Through 1,179 career games, the blueliner has netted 71 goals and set up 217 more. These days, his "real life" value is mostly tied to a leadership role for the team's younger defensemen.
Phillips (back) is still considered week-to-week to return to game action, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Phillips underwent surgery for a bulging disc in his back in April but has still yet to return to the ice. He will likely need several full practices under his belt before the club feels comfortable enough to slot the 37-year-old back into the lineup, so at this point he seems likely to be sidelined until at least the start of 2016.
Chris Phillips revealed Saturday that he hit a roadblock in his recovery from a back injury and won't be ready for the start of training camp Sept. 17, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
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