Sens’ Methot re-injures back, no timetable for return

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After returning from a back injury to play in his first two games of the season, Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot is back on the shelf.

Head coach Dave Cameron confirmed the news on Friday, telling reporters Methot re-aggravated his old ailment — and doesn’t have a timetable for return. It’s a pretty difficult blow for the 29-year-old rearguard, especially in light of his uncertain contractual status; he and the Sens were in negotiations at the start of the season on an extension but, given how badly this back injury has derailed him this season, one has to think Ottawa’s reconsidering investing big money and/or term.

During the preseason, reports suggested that Methot was looking at a five-year deal worth $5.5 million annually. When the two sides were unable to reach an agreement — Methot’s agent, Larry Kelly, said they were $300,000 apart — it didn’t take long for the veteran defenseman’s name to start appearing in trade rumors, with Detroit and Anaheim said to be two of his suitors.

All told, Methot has missed 29 of Ottawa’s 31 games this year.