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Pascal Leclaire’s return to Ottawa lineup still unknown

Things this season for the Ottawa Senators haven’t been all that fun. They’ve struggled offensively and their defense and goaltending has been spotty at best. Part of the reason for that is because of continued injury problems for starting goalie Pascal Leclaire. Leclaire’s been out since December 17th after getting hurt in pregame warm-ups. It’s unclear what his injury is but with Leclaire’s history of injuries, it could be anything.

The Senators could stand to have some stability in goal and getting Leclaire back in the lineup would do wonders for that. Backup Brian Elliott and minor league call-up Mike Brodeur aren’t getting things done in the meantime. When will Leclaire be rejoining the team? Coach Cory Clouston would like to know that as much as Sens fans do.

Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra shares the update.

“He’s as disappointed and frustrated as anyone,” said Clouston.

“But right now he’s really not any further than he was a week ago. What the extent of that’s going to be, if I could tell you guys, I would. I just don’t know where he’s at right now.

“We still feel he’s going to play this year, but when that’s going to be, I’m not sure.”

If there’s a guy that has shown at least a little guts in goal it’s 19 year-old prospect Robin Lehner. Lehner earned the win last week against the New York Islanders but was sent back down to AHL Binghamton to get more work in. If Leclaire is set to be out much longer and with Elliott and Brodeur both being ineffective, Lehner getting some more time in Ottawa is a possibility.

The problem there is that the Sens don’t want to derail the development of such a young player. After all, Lehner still played in this year’s World Junior Championships and struggled a bit with Team Sweden. Throwing him to the wolves in the NHL while he’s still getting used to the game in the AHL might be asking too much of him, especially with a team dealing with so many problems the way Ottawa is. Still, if Ottawa is going to do anything to improve their standings this year it may call for drastic measures to be taken.

News of the repetitive: Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire injured again


This is not just a recycled message from the past. Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire is hurt once again. Leclaire was injured during the Senators 3-2 win over the Devils on Friday night. He’s got the infamous and ambiguous lower body injury and for the Senators, like the Blue Jackets before them, this is familiar territory. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has the report and if there’s an upside here, it’s that Leclaire doesn’t appear to be hurt badly.

The Senators goaltender has a lower body injury he suffered in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils, but coach Cory Clouston said Leclaire should be OK to backup Monday against Atlanta.

If he can’t suit up, then it’s expected Robin Lehner will be called up from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton. He isn’t scheduled to join Team Sweden for the world junior championships until later this week.

“We’re hoping he’s OK, but I’m not going to say yes because nobody knows,” said Clouston.

The Sens have been struggling of late and goaltending is just one of the issues. Goal scoring is another one and the Sens have other fires to put out there concerning Alexei Kovalev and him feeling singled out as what the problem is offensively.

If Leclaire is hurt for a substantial amount of time, the inconsistent Brian Elliott becomes the go-to starter while prospect Robin Lehner, who is supposed to play for Sweden in the World Junior Championships, becomes the backup option. Last season’s savior Mike Brodeur is still in Binghamton as well but none of these guys are the final answer for Ottawa. The team needs a spark to get things turned around and having their starting goalie dealing with nagging issues isn’t going to help.