Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot returning from LTIR

By Sportnet staff

The Ottawa Senators, deep in a funk that has them last in the Eastern Conference, will get a boost when defenceman Thomas Chabot returns to action Friday to face the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia first reported Chabot’s return.

Chabot was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) on Oct. 28 after suffering a fractured hand, and was expected to be sidelined four-to-six weeks, Ottawa Senators coach D.J. Smith told reporters on Oct. 27.

Chabot apparently suffered the injury in Oct. 26 game after blocking a shot.

Chabot, 26, has had his career derailed multiple times by injuries, notably suffering a fracture to his hand in March 2022 and had his season halted by injury in 2020-21.

Ridly Greig also took to the ice during practice on Thursday, reportedly not wearing a non-contact jersey, but is not yet ready to go, according to Garrioch.

The Senators are 8-9, but have seven games in hand on the Blue Jackets, the next team above them in the standings.

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