Ryan last played for the team on Nov. 16, and four days later the NHL and NHLPA released a joint statement saying he entered its assistance program.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him compete with us on a daily basis and work his way back into the lineup,” Senators goalie Craig Anderson said after practice.
The 32-year-old has one goal and three assists in 16 games this season. He’s Ottawa’s highest-paid player and is due to make $7.25 million this season.
It wasn’t immediately clear when he would return to the Senators’ lineup.
— with files from The Canadian Press.