Ottawa Senators forward Derek Stepan out for the season

Senators forward Derek Stepan out for remainder of season

Derek Stepan will miss remainder of the season — OTTAWA, ON., March 2, 2021 – The Ottawa Senators provided the following update on the status of forward Derek Stepan after he sustained injury during the Senators’ 5-4 home shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 23.

“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,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

Sens GM Pierre Dorion also said Stepan is expected to recover in time for next season.

“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.”

Stepan, who was acquired by Ottawa in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 26, 2020, had scored six points (one goal, five assists) and eight penalty minutes in 20 games with the Sens.

He is in the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the New York Rangers on July 27, 2015 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The Senators, who are on a bit of a roll posting a 6-3-0 record in their past nine games, visit the Canadiens on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, TSN5, NHL.TV). The Sens if you recall, defeated the Canadiens back to back last week and Habs coach Claude Julien was dismissed by the storied franchise the following day.


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