NHL Notes: Spezza won't be ready to start Round 2

NHL Notes: Spezza won't be ready to start Round 2
May 11, 2013, 1:30 pm
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In Part II of a series examining the Flyers' offense, Tim Panaccio takes a look at the remaining Flyers forwards on the roster (see story).

Also, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares were named the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy Friday (see story).

Here's a few other notes from around the NHL:

Spezza won't be ready for start of Round 2
The Ottawa Senators are still waiting to find out who their opponent will be in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they do know one thing: Jason Spezza won't be ready to start the series.

Sens coach Paul MacLean was asked on Saturday if there is any chance that Spezza would be available for the start of the next round

“No, not in my mind,” MacLean told Ian Mendes of Sportsnet. “I don’t know what the hope is, but he is in a rehab process. And that process has him skating. To me, it’s a long way away.”

Spezza, who has been out since late January with a herniated disc in his back, began skating with the Senators' extra players on Friday. He underwent surgery on Feb. 1 to repair the injury and it was believed his season was finished.

The 29-year-old played just five games for Ottawa this season. He had two goals and three assists in those contests.

If Spezza pronounces himself fit to play, MacLean would welcome back his top center.

“Don’t get me wrong: when Jason Spezza is ready to play, we want him to play,” MacLean added. “Nobody wants him back in the lineup more than the coach. But at the same time, the coach wants to make sure he’s ready and it’s not a detriment to the team when he comes back.”

Luongo: 'I want to play'
After another first-round playoff exit, it appears Roberto Luongo is ready to move on from the Vancouver Canucks -- again.

Luongo still wants to be a starting goaltender and doesn't appear to be interested in backing up Cory Schneider.

"I have made that statement before," Luongo told the Vancouver Sun, via ProHockeyTalk. "I feel like I am in a stage of my life where I want to play. Whether that's here or somewhere else remains to be seen. But what has happened over the course of the last two years suggests that maybe it's not my place to be the starter here anymore. That being said, things change so, who knows."

The 34-year-old started the first two games of Vancouver's opening-round series with the San Jose Sharks, posting a .915 save percentage in the two losses. Schneider returned from a groin tweak for Games 3 and 4, only to see the Canucks swept out of the playoffs.

Luongo is still locked into a 12-year, $64 million contract with the Canucks. He has nine years and just over $40 million remaining on the deal.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis acknowledged it's time for a change in a lengthy press conference on Thursday. When asked if Luongo could return next season, Gillis said: "I think it's unlikely."

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