Thomas Chabot is close to a return

Thomas Chabot proche d’un retour

Thomas Chabot has missed the last trip to California while he was recovering from a shoulder injury, but there is no question that he misses the all-star Game the NHL to San Jose since it is almost ready to return to the game this week.

The defender featured for the Ottawa Senators was back to training with his teammates Monday while they were returning from California. His participation in the match on Wednesday night when the Colorado Avalanche will bring to the Center, Canadian Tire is expected to be confirmed once it has collected a few contacts in the coaching of his own Tuesday. He skated already, since a dozen of days to keep in shape.

He had been wounded on the 28th of last December in Brooklyn during a game against the New York Islanders when hit by Matt Martin.

“Want to, not want to, when you look at the guys playing, you want to do everything for you pick up on the ice as soon as possible. It has been weeks long, but we’re trying to focus really to find the strength and put the shoulder to the full and it’s going well so far, said Chabot, returning to the locker room. It was just the ligaments that have been stretched in the AC joint (acromioclavicular joint), this is nothing too serious. It is just the time to come back and regain strength. I started to take shots the past week and to make the base. The last case that it remains for me to do is be more physical. I’ve done a little (Monday) and I should do a little more (Tuesday). For the rest, I feel good. ”

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This is the first serious injury with which Chabot has to deal, both among professionals and juniors. “This is not funny and it is difficult to judge when you’ve never really had an injury, but focused on the positive to be able to take the time to train. During the season, we don’t have the time to train thoroughly and then, I’ve been able to work on other things at the same time that I rétablissais “, has told to the back from Ste-Marie-de-Beauce.

Chabot has been able to comment for the first time his selection for the all-star Game which will take place at SAP Center on January 26, as announced at the beginning of the month. It will be part of a team from the Atlantic division that there was simply no place to Mark Stone, the best counter of the club.

“It’s going to be pretty special, this is not something that I expected. It’s going to be a beautiful experience, it is quite the fun for my family and me, we will try to enjoy the experience to the max. I’m looking forward to. There are several other guys who would have deserved to be there, it is that fact that it is an honor to go represent your organisation out there, ” said Chabot. His parents Claude and François will join him in the ” Silicon Valley “, which made him say that ” it is a big week for my dad with the trip of the fathers, which is coming “. They will accompany their offspring in sc and St. Louis at the end of the week.

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For head coach Guy Boucher, the imminent return of Chabot is obviously a very positive new.

“If you look at our matches without Thomas, our management of the puck was not as good and it is normal. The guy goes to the all-star Game because he is so good with the puck, so quick and evasive. It can get out of trouble easily… Same thing in transition, he’s going to skate with the puck. It passes through a players numerical advantage. It is a guy like (Nicklas) Backstrom or (Alex) Ovechkin that disturbs your plan because it is so good individually, ” he stressed.



Just as Thomas Chabot, the goalie number one Craig Anderson made progress in his recovery from a concussion.

While he had been seen practising alone before the team’s departure for California, he made a first appearance at a team training on Monday, participating in the exercises for the guards with coach Pierre Groulx before this one, and then remaining for some fifteen minutes, to face shots from his teammates, before retreating to the locker room.

He has not met with the journalists after the fact, who is retiring from the game of 21 December last year in New Jersey, where he has been sounded.

“It was going well, then he had one down, and it started to go well then. This was all well today, and there, I have to wait to see where it goes with him. What is certain, is that there is a progression, ” said Guy Boucher about it.

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The latter was later claimed that there is no question that Anderson back in net Wednesday against the Avalanche, saying that Anders Nilsson, excellent during the last trip, would be the starter for this meeting. “If we go there with Nilsson, he (Anderson) will not be the substitute. It is hoped, by crossing the fingers, that it will be ready for the weekend “, said Boucher, referring to the journey of his own in Carolina and St. Louis Friday and Saturday.

For these matches, it is possible that Nilsson could première of the new equipment to the colors of the Senators, which he acknowledged Monday. Since the acquisition on 2 January, he was still wearing leggings, mitts, and masks the colours of the Vancouver Canucks, which clashed a lot with the red, black and white, of Ottawa.

Since he arrived, the caretaker of sweden has a record of 2-3 with an average of 2.43 and a effectiveness rate ,920. “To have a goalkeeper of the caliber of the NHL makes a big difference,” said Boucher of his subject, an arrow that non-veiled unchecked in the direction of goalie Mike McKenna, a veteran of the american League passed on the Canucks against Nilsson.


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