It looks like Ottawa Senators' defenseman Mark Borowiecki isn't even close to making a return to the lineup. The 28-year-old blueliner is still sidelined because of a concussion he suffered on November 19, against the New York Rangers.
Sens' head coach Guy Boucher gave us an update Borowiecki's health, and it isn't looking good:
We’re not talking close. Closer, but I don’t see it before mid-January,” said Boucher. “We might get lucky, but the problem is even if he’s ready to practice, he hasn’t played in so long. He’ll need probably two weeks just getting back his timing. When you’ve missed so long, you can’t just come back and go.”
Boucher reminded how severe the concussion was. He and his colleagues knew instantly it was going to take a lot of time for Boro to recover:
He was knocked out cold,” said Boucher. “Even when they got to him, he still wasn’t awake. Yeah, it was a bad one.”
The Canadian d-man only played 12 games this season. In addition to the 15 games he missed because of the concussion, he missed two games because of an upper-body injury in October and five because of an undisclosed illness in early November.