Chris Phillips (back) sustained ‘significant setback’

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Senators GM Bryan Murray recently warned that Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips hasn’t completely recovered from his back surgery and that there “are some other issues that are going on.” Phillips has gone into detail about the other issue Murray was likely referring to.

Phillips has a small crack in a disc in his back that he sustained during his rehab process. As a result, he won’t be ready for the start of training camp.

“It’s a significant setback and it’s very frustrating,” Phillips told the Ottawa Sun. “The surgery went well and everything on that side was great. I don’t know if it was a complication of the rehab and I’m not 100% sure how it happened.”

This hasn’t changed the fact that the 37-year-old still wants to return to the NHL, although he will have to make sure it wouldn’t impact his quality of life. As it is, his back problems have affected his daily routine.

He is the Senators’ franchise leader in games played with 1,179 and is about to start the second half of his two-year, $5 million deal.

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