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Derek Stepan to Miss Remainder of Season With Senators

The Ottawa Senators have announced that Derek Stepan will miss the remainder of the season thanks to shoulder surgery.

A shoulder injury will keep Ottawa Senators centre Derek Stepan out the rest of this year’s NHL season, according to reports. A damaged labrum in his left shoulder will bring an end to his campaign and likely an end to his run with the Senators organization.

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Acquired by the Senators in December from the Arizona Coyotes for a second-round pick, Stepan carries a $6.5 million cap hit in the final season of his current deal. He’s struggled during his run with the Senators and there had been talk about him potentially being traded to get him closer to his family and his newborn child. The team said he is “expected to be fully recovered from surgery ahead of next season”, but it’s more likely he will sign elsewhere.

The 30-year-old has one goal and six points in 20 games with the Senators this season, his first with the team. 

The Senators released a statement on Tuesday via Senators general manager Pierre Dorion:

“Following a review and assessment by the team’s medical staff, it has been determined that Derek requires a surgical procedure to repair a damaged labrum that he incurred in dislocating his left shoulder. A procedure is scheduled to take place later this week which will see him miss the remainder of our season but it is expected that he be fully recovered ahead of next season. Our medical staff will remain in regular contact with Derek and his doctors as he continues his recovery.”

Derek Stepan Arizona Coyotes
Derek Stepan traded by Arizona Coyotes to Ottawa Senators

Obviously, we wish the best for Stepan and it’s a disappointing end to a season that was already difficult as part of a rebuilding team. But, the Senators were starting to play some better hockey and he would have been a big part of the leadership core there.

He’s not far removed from some pretty strong seasons in the NHL, so there certainly could be a spot for him on an NHL roster next season when he gets healthy.

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