|Assets:||Has great hockey sense, plus a long reach to defend attacking forwards. Is efficient when playing the man. Leads by example and is has always taken pride in being a capable shutdown defender.|
|Flaws:||After years of wear and tear, injuries are catching up to him. He is also no longer able to log big minutes and play a shutdown role because of persistent back problems. Was never a huge point producer.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy veteran defenseman in decline, when healthy.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Top Draft Prospect||1995-96|
|WHL||Bill Hunter Trophy||1996-97|
|WHL||Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy||1995-96|
|10/06/2015||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|4/26/2015||Missed the last 28 regular season and all 6 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|2/16/2015||Undisclosed, injured reserve.|
|11/28/2014||Missed 3 games (undisclosed).|
|11/09/2014||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|11/06/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/30/2014||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|3/25/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/05/2014||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract extension.|
|2/27/2014||Missed 7 games (lower body injury).|
|1/28/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/02/2014||Missed 2 games (foot injury).|
|12/28/2013||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|11/15/2013||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|1/07/2012||Missed 1 game (mild concussion).|
|1/05/2012||Mild concussion, day-to-day.|
|12/30/2011||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|2/28/2011||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract extension.|
|2/05/2008||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|4/11/2007||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a four-year contract.|
|5/05/2006||Missed Game 5 of Round One against the Tampa Bay Lightning (knee injury).|
|4/29/2006||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|4/21/2006||Missed the last 11 games of the regular season (left knee injury).|
|3/29/2006||Left knee injury, late April.|
|2/11/2006||Missed 1 game (thumb injury).|
|2/09/2006||Thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|12/22/2005||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|11/02/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Brynas IF of the Elitserien Hockey League (Sweden).|
|8/06/2004||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a three-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|2/25/2003||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|2/22/2003||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|12/16/2002||Missed 3 games (knee injury).|
|12/10/2002||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|8/08/2002||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract.|
|1/19/2002||Missed 15 games (elbow injury).|
|12/20/2001||Elbow injury, mid-January.|
|10/09/2001||Missed 3 games (shoulder injury).|
|10/02/2001||Shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/30/2001||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators.|
|4/18/2001||Missed the last 3 games of the regular season and Game 1, 2 and 3 of Round One against Toronto (shoulder injury).|
|4/03/2001||Shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/08/2000||Missed 2 games (back spasms).|
|12/03/2000||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|11/11/2000||Missed 3 games (back spasms).|
|11/04/2000||Back spasms, day-to-day.|
|6/22/1996||Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1st round (1st overall) in 1996.|
| 12/11/2015 11:24 AM
NewsPhillips is not making much progress in his attempt to return from offseason back surgery and his career may be coming to an end, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 11/30/2015 2:13 PM
NewsPhillips (back) is still considered week-to-week to return to game action, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 09/22/2015 11:09 AM
NewsPhillips (back) said last week that he's "turned a corner" in the recovery process, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 09/06/2015 9:21 AM
NewsPhillips revealed Saturday that he hit a roadblock in his recovery from a back injury and won't be ready for the start of training camp Sept. 17, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 09/01/2015 5:13 PM
NewsPhillips (back), who underwent surgery in the spring to address a bulging disc, is uncertain when he'll be cleared to resume hockey activities, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
| 03/31/2014 1:52 AM
NewsChris Phillips returned to action on Sunday March 30.
Chris Phillips might return Sunday | 03/30/2014 10:53 AM
NewsChris Phillips (upper body) is questionable for Sunday's contest.
ImpactPhillips has been sidelined for two consecutive games. He has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Chris Phillips will not play on Friday | 03/28/2014 1:58 PM
NewsChris Phillips (upper body) isn't ready to return Friday.
ImpactPhillips also missed Tuesday's game. He has a goal and 13 points in 61 games this season.
Chris Phillips might return from UBI Friday | 03/28/2014 8:48 AM
NewsChris Phillips (upper body) thinks he could be available to play Friday after practicing on Thursday.
ImpactHe said "everything felt the way it was supposed to" after the session. Coach Paul MacLean wants to see how Phillips feels after the morning skate before he gives him the green light to play.
Chris Phillips (upper body) is out Tuesday | 03/25/2014 5:50 PM
NewsChris Phillips has sustained an upper-body injury.
Don Brennan on Twitter
ImpactPhillips has a goal and 13 points in 61 games this season. He will not be available on Tuesday.
Senators, Chris Phillips agree to 2-year deal | 03/05/2014 12:10 PM
NewsChris Phillips has inked a two-year extension to remain with the Ottawa Senators.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactAccording to TSN Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $2.5 million per year. Phillips has played his entire career with the Senators. The 35-year-old veteran has 13 points, 105 hits and 77 blocks in 52 games this season.
C. Phillips may be on his way out of Ottawa | 03/05/2014 8:51 AM
NewsChris Phillips may have played his last game in an Ottawa uniform Tuesday night.
ImpactThe veteran defenseman, who has played all 1,125 games of his NHL career with the Senators, is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. Contract talks with Ottawa will go down to the wire and if nothing clicks then he could be dealt before Wednesday's trade deadline. Phillips is seeking a new pact that is longer than one year, which may be an issue for the Senators.
Report: Ottawa makes Phillips contract offer | 03/02/2014 10:33 AM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators have reportedly presented Chris Phillips with a contract offer.
ImpactThe terms of the deal aren't known, but if Phillips turns them down, then there's a fair chance that he'll be traded before the deadline. The Boston Bruins are believed to have some interest in his services, but they reportedly haven't began negotiations with Ottawa.
Report: Bruins haven't offered for Phillips | 03/01/2014 9:14 AM
NewsThe Boston Bruins reportedly haven't talked to the Ottawa Senators about Chris Phillips.
CSN New England
ImpactThat would seem to contradict previous reports that the Bruins are interested in acquiring the defenseman. Ottawa might end up re-signing Phillips rather than trade him.
Report: Sens, Phillips working on extension | 02/28/2014 12:07 PM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators are reportedly actively engaged in contract negotiations with Chris Phillips.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactIf those talks don't end up leading to an extension in the coming days, then the Senators could opt to trade Phillips before the deadline. The Boston Bruins are believed to be a potential trading partner if it comes to that. Phillips comes with a $3,083,333 annual cap hit and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
| 02/28/2014 1:45 AM
NewsChris Phillips returned to action on Thursday February 27.
Chris Phillips to return amid cloudy future | 02/20/2014 11:36 AM
NewsChris Phillips appears ready to return from a lower-body injury that kept him on the shelf before the Olympic break.
ImpactHe missed seven games because of what is believed to be a hip ailment. Phillips skated on Wednesday in Ottawa's first practice. The veteran defenseman can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he isn't sure what his future with the Senators holds.
Chris Phillips should play following break | 02/09/2014 11:07 AM
NewsChris Phillips (lower body) should be able to make his return following the Olympic break.
ImpactPhillips has been sidelined for seven straight contests. He has 13 points and 20 penalty minutes in 49 games in 2013-14.
C. Phillips skates Monday, won't play Tuesday | 02/04/2014 8:01 AM
NewsChris Phillips (undisclosed) skated on Monday in Ottawa.
ImpactHe's not expected to play in St. Louis on Tuesday, but he could be ready to play later this week.
Phillips did not accompnay Sens on trip | 02/01/2014 1:31 PM
NewsChris Phillips did not accompany his Ottawa teammates on their three-game road trip.
ImpactHe is dealing with some sort of undisclosed injury. Phillips will likely not play until after the Olympic break. That said, there is an outside chance he gets on a plane and joins his teammates for the last game before the hiatus. Check back with next week on Phillips' status.
Chris Phillips (undisclosed) is out Tuesday | 01/28/2014 1:27 PM
NewsChris Phillips has an undisclosed injury and will miss Tuesday's contest as a result.
ImpactPhillips sustained the injury on Saturday and it's believed to be minor. He has a goal and 13 points in 49 games this season.
Chris Phillips (foot) will return Thursday | 01/02/2014 5:54 PM
NewsChris Phillips (foot) will be back in the lineup Thursday.
ImpactHe missed two games with a foot injury. Phillips is projected to be paired with Joe Corvo against Winnipeg. Get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Phillips will sit out Monday v Washington | 12/30/2013 7:21 AM
NewsChris Phillips will not be in the Senators' lineup against Washington Monday night.
ImpactHe is still recovering from a foot injury sustained last Friday when he blocked a shot. There is a chance Phillips could return to action Thursday against Winnipeg so check back with us on Wednesday.
Phillips injury not considered serious | 12/29/2013 11:00 AM
NewsChris Phillips' foot injury is not considered serious.
ImpactIt will likely not keep the defenseman out of the Senators' lineup for long. He sustained the injury by blocking a shot in Friday's game and was not able to dress Saturday night. For now consider Phillips day-to-day.
Chris Phillips (foot) won't play Saturday | 12/28/2013 6:33 PM
NewsTo update an earlier item, Chris Phillips won't play Saturday.
David Amber on Twitter
ImpactHe suffered a foot injury on a blocked shot against Boston on Friday.
Chris Phillips will be game-time decision | 12/28/2013 11:30 AM
NewsChris Phillips may not play against the Bruins Saturday night.
Bruce Garrioch Twitter
ImpactHe did not skate Saturday morning and may have sustained some sort of injury that will make him a game-time decision against the Bruins. If Phillips can't answer the bell, look for Patrcik Wiercioch to draw in.
Phillips will play Saturday against Kings | 12/14/2013 10:37 AM
NewsChris Phillips will play against the Kings Saturday afternoon.
ImpactHe had left Friday's practice after blocking a shot but looks good to go Saturday afternoon against Los Angeles. Keep the surprisingly offensive blueliner active.
Chris Phillips is having a strong season | 12/11/2013 7:56 AM
NewsChris Phillips is on pace for a personal best 29 points this season.
ImpactThe 35-year-old blueliner has one goal and 11 points in 31 contests. He also has 61 hits and 48 blocks, while averaging 21:15 of ice time per match. Phillips was believed to be playing out his final season in Ottawa this year, but he might be earning himself an extension with his solid play.
Chris Phillips goals usually lead to Sen wins | 11/28/2013 10:26 AM
NewsChris Phillips generated a goal and an assist Wednesday night in a 6-4 win over Washington.
ImpactHe hadn't scored in 39 games, dating back to March 25. The Senators have a record of 52-9-4-2 when Phillips scores. Phillips has nine points, 42 hits and 31 blocks in 24 games this year.
Chris Phillips (flu) should play Tuesday | 11/19/2013 9:32 AM
NewsChris Phillips missed Monday's practice with the flu.
ImpactHe's expected to play Tuesday versus Philadelphia, though.
| 11/16/2013 1:56 AM
NewsChris Phillips returned to action on Friday November 15.
Chris Phillips 'likely' to return Friday | 11/15/2013 7:17 AM
NewsChris Phillips will probably return from his undisclosed lower-body injury on Friday.
Impact"In conversations with him, I think we're going to make a final decision tomorrow, but it appears likely that he will play," said coach Paul MacLean Thursday. Phillips missed Tuesday's game because of the ailment, but he participated in a full practice Thursday.
Chris Phillips' iron-man streak ended Tuesday | 11/13/2013 7:31 AM
NewsChris Phillips didn't play Tuesday because of his undisclosed ailment.
ImpactHe had played in 106 straight games prior to missing Ottawa's 5-0 loss to Philadelphia. Joe Corvo played in his place. Consider Phillips as day-to-day.
Chris Phillips is a 'game-time' decision | 11/12/2013 4:07 PM
NewsChris Phillips (undisclosed) is being called a "game-time" decision on Tuesday.
ImpactIt hasn't been revealed what Phillips is suffering from, but the ailment is believed to be minor. He has five assists in 17 games this season.
Chris Phillips gets a maintenance day | 10/22/2013 7:33 AM
NewsChris Phillips received a maintenance day Monday.
ImpactCoach Paul MacLean expects the veteran defender to be fine and Ottawa doesn't play until Wednesday anyway. Phillips has two assists, 19 hits and 16 shots in eight games this season.
Chris Phillips comfortable with veteran role | 10/02/2013 7:45 AM
NewsChris Phillips is slated to form a veteran defense pairing with Joe Corvo this season.
ImpactPhillips, 35, is the longest-serving member of the Ottawa Senators and only Corvo, who is 36 years of age, is older than him. Phillips doesn't mind skating on Ottawa's third pairing and he likes filling in for and helping out his teammates. "I accept it and I'm going to do the best job I can," he said. "I'm past that point of worrying about what number I am, how much ice time I'm going to get and all that stuff."
Would Sens put the 'C' on Chris Phillips? | 08/13/2013 10:52 AM
NewsChris Phillips is another viable candidate to become Ottawa's next captain.
ImpactHe is a veteran player who everyone looks up to, but he may not get the role because he has only one year left on current deal and his future with the club after that is unclear. Jason Spezza, who is believed to be the top contender to earn Ottawa's captaincy, has two seasons remaining on his contract.
Bring on the Pens, Sens' Chris Phillips says | 05/12/2013 11:17 AM
NewsThe Ottawa Senators are psychologically prepared to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the NHL's playoffs, veteran defenseman Chris Phillips says.
ImpactThe Penguins earned the right to meet the Sens by eliminating the New York Islanders Saturday night with a 4-3 overtime victory. "It would be a tough series (against Pittsburtgh)," Phillips said, "but yeah, we welcome the challenge. We've played them a few times (over) the last years, and I would expect no different ... a lot of energy and an exciting series."
Chris Phillips should play in Game 1 | 05/01/2013 10:59 AM
NewsChris Phillips didn't skate Tuesday but he's expected to be all right to play in Game 1 Thursday night.
ImpactHe tweaked his knee a bit on Sunday and ended up playing just 3:49 of ice time against Boston in the Senators' regular season finale. Phillips doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective anymore, but he still can contribute in leagues that credit hits and blocks.
Chris Phillips gets goal in win Monday night | 03/25/2013 10:24 PM
NewsChris Phillips potted a goal in the Senators' 3-2 shootout win over the Devils Monday night.
ImpactPhillips is regarded as a defensive defenseman but is actually enjoying a good fantasy season in 2013 for his standards. He's a borderline blueliner in standard leagues, but his value increases in leagues that reward blocked shots and hits.
|Games||82||5 times-last: 2010-11 (Ott)|
|Goals||8||2 times-last: 2009-10 (Ott)|
|Assists||18||2 times-last: 2006-07 (Ott)|
|Penalty Minutes||90||2005-06 (Ott)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2011-12 (Ott)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||3 times-last: 2009-10 (Ott)|
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