Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard could miss the start of next season because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, general manager Pierre Dorion said Tuesday.
"After undergoing tests following the team's [Stanley Cup Playoff] series against [the Pittsburgh Penguins] it was determined that Derick suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will require surgery to repair," Dorion said. "The procedure will take place in the near future, with the expected recovery time for this type of injury being four to five months.
"We are hopeful that Derick will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 regular season."
Brassard was able to play all 19 playoff games for Ottawa, missing only the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, a 7-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he was held out for rest.
The 29-year-old had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) to help the Senators get within one goal of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final before losing Game 7 to the Penguins 3-2 in double overtime.
Brassard had 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 81 games this season. He was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on July 18 for center Mika Zibanejad. Brassard has 382 points (141 goals, 241 assists) in 644 regular-season NHL games, and 55 points (22 goals, 33 assists) in 78 Stanley Cup Playoff games.