Marc Methot D OTT 10 Days

Methot (back) was able to resume skating with his teammates Tuesday morning, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

It's a step in the right direction for Methot, who had previously been limited to skating on his own while recovering from the back issue. A return to game action doesn't appear forthcoming just yet, but he might be able to start practicing by the end of the week.

Marc Methot D OTT 22 Days

The Senators have yet to set a target date for Methot (back) to return to the ice, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports.

Methot's health has improved lately, but without any sort of timeline for his return, it remains to be seen when he will make his season debut.

Marc Methot D OTT 24 Days

Methot (back) is not expected to play Tuesday against Columbus, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

While Methot has been making progress toward a return of late, he won't be on the ice against his former club.

Marc Methot D OTT 27 Days

Methot (back) is not expected to travel with the team on their upcoming road trip, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports.

Methot has been skating recently, but hasn't been doing hockey related drills, and still has yet to be cleared for contact. The Sens will return home Thursday against the Blackhawks, but it seems unlikely that Methot will be available for that game at this point.

Marc Methot D OTT 1 Month

Methot (back) skated on his own Monday, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports.

Methot didn't participate in any hockey related drills, so he's probably still not close to returning, but head coach Paul MacLean did call it an improvement. Methot will likely be partnered with Erik Karlsson on the team's top pairing once again when he is able to return.

Marc Methot D OTT 1 Month

Methot (back) remains without a return timetable to resume skating, the Associated Press reports.

Methot was ruled out for the Senators' first three games by virtue of being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 6, but suffice to say, he'll miss some more time beyond that. It's looking likely that his absence could stretch into November, weakening an already suspect Ottawa defense that has surrendered 77 shots on goal through two games.

Marc Methot D OTT 2 Months

The Sens placed Methot on IR on Monday, Steve Lloyd of TSN reports.

Methot is dealing with a sore back, and will be sidelined for the team's season opener Thursday. He'll reclaim his spot alongside Erik Karlsson on the team's top pairing when he's ready, but Jared Cowen will take his place there for now.

Marc Methot D OTT 2 Months

Methot wasn't on the ice for Friday's morning skate and may not for the next several days, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 reports. "Right now, it's been frustrating for him and the medical staff," coach Paul MacLean said.

Methot, who is believed to be dealing with back soreness, has been bothered by the injury throughout training camp and has yet to play in a preseason game. It's looking increasingly doubtful that he may not be available for the Sens' Oct. 9 season opener against Nashville, considering how far behind the rest of the team he is in terms of conditioning work. Methot was slated to join Erik Karlsson on the team's top pairing, but it looks like those duties may now fall to Jared Cowen.

Marc Methot D OTT 2 Months

Coach Paul MacLean said Methot wouldn't play in either of the Sens' exhibitions Wednesday due to a "re-occurring injury," Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

MacLean didn't offer any insight into the exact nature of Methot's injury, but the ailment is believed to be minor. Look for Methot to take it easy the next couple of days before rejoining the Senators in full. Methot is slated to open the season on a pair with Erik Karlsson, where he'll be expected to shoulder most of the defense burden of the duo.

Marc Methot D OTT 2 Months

Methot's agent Larry Kelly has not had any discussions with the Senators regarding a contract extension in the past two weeks, and no meetings are currently scheduled, the Ottawa Sun reports. He is currently making $3 million but is looking for a five-year, $27.5 million deal, similar to the one Brooks Orpik got from the Capitals this summer.

Coming off a career year, Methot is trying to parlay his best season into a pay raise. He played in a career-high 75 games last season, recording six goals and 17 assists, also career highs. If the two sides can't come to an agreement soon, it'll be interesting to see if Methot shows up to camp in two weeks or decides to hold out.