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The Ottawa Senators have just confirmed some rather unfortunate news.
According to an official announcement on Monday morning, Senators forward Josh Norris has been shut down for the remainder of the 2022-23 National Hockey League regular season.
The news comes after Norris re-injured his previously injured shoulder, an injury that kept him out of action for an extended period of time already this season. There was speculation at the time of the initial injury that surgery would be required, however Norris would consult 4 different doctors before eventually finding a 5th one that was comfortable recommending rehab instead of a surgical procedure.
It would now appear as though either this approach was misguided, which is given some credibility given the diagnoses of the previous 4 doctors, or that Norris may have simply come back too early after rehabbing his injured shoulder.
Regardless of which proves to be true, this is an unmitigated disaster for the Ottawa Senators and the team is already being heavily criticized for how they have handled the Norris injury.
The Senators do not appear to have a date scheduled for Norris' upcoming surgery, so no word yet on when we can expect him to be back and fully healthy once again.