Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips likely won't return this season because of problems he has been experiencing during his rehabilitation from offseason back surgery, general manager Bryan Murray told TSN 1200 on Thursday.
"Chris is a ways away still," Murray said. "I think he's trying real hard. He's working in the gym and doing some skating, but I would say my estimation is he's a long shot to come back."
Phillips, 37, hasn't played since Feb. 5 of last season, when he played his 1,179th game with the Senators, breaking former captain Daniel Alfredsson's record.
Phillips has played his entire NHL career in Ottawa and has 71 goals, 288 points, a plus-68 rating and 756 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 114 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including helping the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.