Chris Wideman was determined to play again with the Ottawa Senators this season, but it appears his wish will not come true... The defenseman, who has been rehabilitating from surgery to repair a torn hamstring, suffered during a game in November, will miss the remainder of the regular calendar.
A pending unrestricted free agent as of July 1, Wideman did receive a good prognosis from team doctors Monday, but it seems it was short-lived and won't completed the final step to be able to return to the lineup before the Senators’ season ends April 7.
“I’m going to try,” Wideman had said to the Ottawa Sun on Thursday. “I’ve put in so many hours of work on the ice and in the gym with the trainers, it’s really my goal to play. If I have the clearance from the doctors, I’m going to play … 100 per cent.
“I saw the doctors on Monday and they did an evaluation and they figured I’m probably a month to (six weeks) ahead of where they expected me to be. They’re going to talk and I should know more by (Saturday).”
Here is the team's official announcement, published on their website on Thursday morning, confirming that the blue liner will miss the rest of the season:
"After consulting with Chris' surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, his recommendation is that Chris needs more time to fully heal before being ready for game action, so we have made the decision that he will not play for the remainder of the season," said general manager Pierre Dorion. "We feel this is the best decision for Chris' long-term health. He will remain fully engaged with the club and work with our medical team to continue his treatment until he is medically cleared."
The Senators are facing the Florida Panthers tonight, and for the occasion, have made an emergency call-up. The Sens recalled forward Colin White.
Back in Belleville, White was used by his head coach as a first-line centre, and will bring a boost to the Senators' offense. The young forward recorded a goal in the last Belleville's matchup against the Toronto Marlies, with 15 seconds left in the game, which was too little, too late as the Sens lost 4-2.