GARRIOCH: The Ottawa Senators are ready for the Battle of Ontario to resume against the Leafs

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“One more sleep,” centre Josh Norris said Wednesday. “It’s super exciting.”

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Bruce Garrioch

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Oct 13, 2021  •  12 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Some of the overhead banners hanging at the Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, Photo by Errol McGihon /Postmedia Article content

It’s been 588 days since the Ottawa Senators have welcomed spectators into the Canadian Tire Centre for a regular season game.

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The wait is nearly over.

And, if anyone thought the absence of Brady Tkachuk would put a damper on starting the season, think again because the Senators are champing at the bit to get going.

“One more sleep,” centre Josh Norris said as he sat down at a podium Wednesday. “It’s super exciting. Just to watch those games (Tuesday) and realize that the season’s finally here … We’re really looking forward to (Thursday) and just seeing fans back in the building.”

Perhaps the most interested spectator will be more than 800 kilometres away in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Tkachuk, an unsigned restricted free agent, is skating by himself and trying to stay ready for the National Hockey League season.

While owner Eugene Melnyk, general manager Pierre Dorion, head coach D.J. Smith, the rest of the hockey operations staff and the fans…

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