Norris out rest of season for Senators, will have shoulder surgery

Josh Norris is out the rest of the season for the Ottawa Senators and will have shoulder surgery on a date to be decided.

The ahead missed virtually three months with a shoulder harm. He left halfway by way of the third interval of a 6-2 win towards the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 22 and returned for a 5-4 additional time victory towards the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 18.

Norris missed 15 video games final season.

“He tried,” Senators coach DJ Smith stated. “Did his finest to hitch the boys, however reinjured it within the third interval simply reaching. He did not wish to depart the bench to make an enormous deal of it, however he was finished midway by way of. He wished to do it as a result of he did not wish to have surgery and thought possibly he may rehab this. Unfortunately, the timeline is not nice as a result of he’ll be totally recovered by possibly the summer time.

“Ultimately, it is his choice as a participant. He talked to his surgeon within the [United States] and the man had finished his surgery earlier than. His thought was that you simply’d rehab it and he’d have a professional probability that he would not reinjure it and that simply ended up not being the case.”

Norris, 23, scored and performed 15:51 of a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. He has three factors (two objectives, one help) in eight video games this season, the primary of an eight-year, $63.6 million ($7.95 million common annual worth) he signed with Ottawa on July 15 after setting NHL profession highs in objectives (35 ), assists (20) and factors (55) in 66 video games final season.

“There’s no changing a man like him,” Senators ahead Shane Pinto stated. “Besides the hockey, simply for the man himself, I really feel for him. I went by way of it final 12 months, the identical occasion. Just as an individual, as a buddy of his, I simply really feel unhealthy. He’s going to come back again stronger for us subsequent 12 months and I’m excited to see what he does.

“I feel you have to strive the rehab half of it first. That’s what I did and that is what he did. Unfortunately, it did not work out, however I feel you have to strive it. I would not simply stop on it.”

Ridley Greig, chosen by Ottawa within the first spherical (No. 28) of the 2020 NHL Draft, was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League. The 20-year-old ahead has 23 factors (12 objectives, 11 assists) in 28 video games of his first full skilled season.

“The plan was for Ridley, sooner or later, to be up right here, in all probability later within the 12 months, however he is been their finest participant now for in all probability a few month down there,” Smith stated. “And with Norris going out, I feel it is a excellent time. There are 4 video games till the break. Give him a glance and see how he’s, and make an evaluation after that.”

The Senators (20-23-3) host the New York Islanders on the Canadian Tire Center on Wednesday.

NHL.com impartial correspondent Callum Fraser contributed to this report

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