Tuesday, May 30, 2017

{allcanada} Derick Brassard of Senators could miss start of season with injury


Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard could miss the start of the 2017-18 season because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, general manager Pierre Dorion said Tuesday.

Brassard is expected to be out 4-5 months and will need surgery. He dealt with the injury during the Stanley Cup Playoffs but was able to play in all 19 of Ottawa's postseason games, missing only the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, a 7-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he was held out for rest.

"After undergoing tests following the team's playoff series against Pittsburgh it was determined that Derick suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will require surgery to repair," Dorion said. "The procedure will take place in the near future, with the expected recovery time for this type of injury being four to five months.

"We are hopeful that Derick will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 regular season."

Brassard, 29, finished with 11 points (four goals, seven assists), helping the Senators get within one goal of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final before losing Game 7 to the Penguins 3-2 in double overtime.

Brassard had 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games with the Senators, who acquired him in a trade with the New York Rangers on July 18. The 29-year-old has 382 points (141 goals, 241 assists) in 644 regular-season NHL games, as well as 55 points (22 goals, 33 assists) in 78 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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