• Sens' Phillips Suffers Setback With Back

    News: 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.
    Analysis: Chris Phillips, who underwent surgery on his back in April, said he suffered a small crack in a disc while rehabbing. It may force him to effectively set the reset button on his recovery timetable, as the defenseman indicated that the setback was "significant," suggesting he won't be available for the start of the season. The 37-year-old won't be able to resume working out for three weeks, and his fragile health likely won't make him an integral part of the Sens' lineup once he's finally healthy again.
  • Sens' Phillips Doesn't Have Timeline For Return

    News: Chris Phillips (back), who underwent surgery in the spring to address a bulging disc, is uncertain when he'll be cleared to resume hockey activities, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: Chris Phillips was able to start skating again in mid-August, the first time he'd been on the ice since April. It appears the time off this summer has helped his ailing back, but with training camp just around the corner, it's not clear if he'll be ready to take contact by that time. Even if he's healthy for the start of the regular season, the 37-year-old isn't expected to enjoy a significant role on the Sens' blue line.
  • Sens' Phillips Recovering From Back Injury

    News: Chris Phillips, who underwent back surgery about a week ago, is expected to make a full recovery in 4-to-6 weeks, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: That puts Chris Phillips on track to be back at full health by mid-June, well in advance of the start of training camp. The injury has kept Phillips out of the Senators' lineup since Feb. 5.
  • Sens' Phillips To Undergo Back Surgery

    News: Chris Phillips is slated to undergo back surgery Tuesday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, Chris Phillips is expected back for training camp. The veteran blueliner, who last suited up on Feb. 5, finished up the 2014-15 season with three assists in 36 games for the Sens.
  • Return Not Near For Sens' Phillips

    News: Chris Phillips (undisclosed) is not viewed as close to a return, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: The Senators characterized Chris Phillips' injury as "wear and tear" when he was first ruled out in early February, but with his absence now set to extend to over a month, it seems apparent he's dealing with something more serious. Regardless, even those in deeper leagues shouldn't wait around for Phillips' return, as the blueliner has only provided three points in 36 games this season.
  • Sens' Phillips Lands On IR

    News: Chris Phillips (general soreness) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
    Analysis: With Robin Lehner day-to-day with an injury, the Senators needed an open roster spot to bring up an extra goalie. By moving Chris Phillips to IR, the team was able to recall Chris Driedger from ECHL Evansville.
  • Sens' Phillips Sidelined About A Week

    News: Chris Phillips could miss about a week due to "wear and tear," Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
    Analysis: Chris Phillips hasn't provided much on the offensive end this season, tallying just three assists over 36 contests. He does average 20:54 of ice time and has 54 blocks over the course of the season, which apparently has taken a toll on his 36-year-old body. A week absence would slate the blueliner's return as next Monday against the Hurricanes, though there is no indication the team plans on placing him on injured reserve.
  • Seantors' Phillips To Sit Tuesday

    News: Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Devils, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
    Analysis: Chris Phillips needs to play one more game to break Daniel Alfredsson's franchise record of 1,178, and the veteran defenseman wants to do it on home ice. Phillips will slot back in for Thursday's game against the Capitals.
  • Sens Make Phillips A Healthy Scratch

    News: Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Bruins, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: The move comes as a surprise, as Chris Phillips is generally regarded as one of the better defenders on a weak Senators blue line. He could just be sitting in an effort by coach Dave Cameron to open up a temporary lineup spot for Patrick Wiercioch, who had been a typical scratch for the Senators before missing time with a muscle strain over the past week.
  • Sens' Phillips Back In Friday

    News: Chris Phillips (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Friday against the Panthers, Gord Wilson of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
    Analysis: Chris Phillips missed the Sens' previous three games with an unspecified ailment, but the two-day break in the schedule apparently provided enough time for him to return to full health. He'll slot back into a top-four role for the Senators, but with only two points in 16 games, he's not going to offer much upside from a fantasy perspective.