Milan Michalek is a man in the middle.
On one hand, Michalek, the Ottawa Senators star left winger, is now skating regularly with his locked out teammates. Unlike the others, however, Michalek is welcome inside Scotiabank Place.
While the NHL officially locked out players on Sept. 15, Michalek isnít among them. Thatís because he had surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle on Sept. 11, when NHL players were still under contract to their teams under the old collective bargaining agreement.