OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have 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. "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."
Acquired by the Senators in a trade with Arizona on Dec. 26, Stepan, 30, has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) and eight penalty minutes over his first 20 regular-season games with Ottawa.
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