When Jared Cowen initially went down with what the organization called a lower body injury, few were overly concerned about the possibility of a long term injury.
But now after eight games on the sidelines, Cowen has opted for what appears to be season ending hip surgery. If you’re looking for a positive in what has to be a devastating break for Cowen, at least the injury isn’t to the same knee that he had issues with in Junior.
The loss of Cowen is obviously a significant one for the BSens and also hurts the big team’s blueline, should the NHL season ever get underway. Heading into his second season in the NHL, Cowen was expected to take on increased responsibility and his absence leaves a significant hole on the back end.
Through training camp and during his three games in Binghamton, Cowen was one of the best players on the Binghamton roster.
He was able to assert himself physically and was actually showing a little more offensive upside and creativity with the puck. This time in Bingo would have been huge for Cowen’s development which makes the injury all the more frustrating for the organization.
The recovery time for this type of injury is typically 4-6 months.
With Cowen out of the picture for the foreseeable future, there will suddenly be increased expectations for guys like Mike Lundin, Mark Borowiecki, Andre Benoit and Patrick Wiercioch to replace the minutes left available by Cowen.
- Some disappointing news for a former Senator last night as goaltender Pascal Leclaire has announced his retirement from the NHL. After multiple hip surgeries, Leclaire has decided to hang’ em up. Leclaire will be remembered as a goalie with all the talent in the world who just couldn’t stay healthy long enough to put it all together. Leclaire’s Ottawa career included 48 games over the span of two seasons.
- Today is an important fundraising day here in Ottawa as the Sens Foundation will host their annual 24h Tremblant event and corresponding Tweetathon. Head to this link to find out how you can make a donation and for more information on the initiative head to the Sens Foundation website.