Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/18/14

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 10: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 10, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
There's never been a set timeline for the return of Ottawa Senators star center Jason Spezza after his back surgery in January, but it appears that the club could be getting him back for their Round 2 matchup (against a to-be-determined foe).  According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Sens GM Bryan Murray has confirmed that Spezza is practicing with a group called the "Black Aces" -- the nickname for the players not in the starting lineup.  "He's skating much harder, competing much better and feeling much stronger," Murray indicated during an appearance on The Team 1200 on Friday. "Skating with the Black Aces is a more serious involvement for him. He's got to practice a few times with the team before [coach] Paul [MacLean] thinks about making a change, but there's light at the end of the tunnel."  Having Spezza back in the mix would certainly alter the outlook of their next matchup. Stay tuned.ESPN Insider 
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