Jason Spezza feels fine thank you.

The Senators centre has had no issues with the back issue that kept him out until the playoffs last spring and the knee surgery he had in June was minor by all standards. In fact he was on the ice all last month preparing for this season.

"I have put in more time than maybe normal especially on the ice. I started skating earlier. I wanted to make sure that I'm getting my body used to full skating again" said Spezza.

"Missing that much time especially that much time off the ice I wanted to make sure I got on the ice by skating three times a week minimum now and most weeks four times. I would never really be doing that at this point.

"I feel good so I want to get on the ice. I have some things I'm working on. My training is going well. I don't want to say I'm in the best shape of my life but I've certainly had a great summer to commit myself and make sure my back has had tough training to see how it responds."

Passed up for the Olympic team Orientation Camp later this month Spezza received a phone call from Hockey Canada explaining the decision.