The Ottawa Senators are still in the hunt for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but the difficulty of making the playoffs has certainly been increased following news Monday that Kyle Turris will be out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.
In talking about plans for the trade deadline, Senators GM Bryan Murray announced Turris would be shut down due to the sprain.
“We do have a number of centers or people who could fill in at center and play there,” Murray said. “But at this point we’re going to shut Kyle Turris down for a period of time to give him a chance to get healthy. It’s impossible to replace him on a trade deadline deal.”
Turris also took the chance to speak to media Monday and said this wasn’t a new injury. He said the initial injury occurred Dec. 5, but he hurt himself again Jan. 18 in a game against the San Jose Sharks. Turris has not scored since Dec. 14 against the Los Angeles Kings and last found the score sheet in a Jan. 9 game against the Boston Bruins.
Turris’ injury has been evident in his ice time, too. Since Feb. 6, when Turris returned from a six-game absence, he played below his season average ice time of 19:42 in seven of 11 games. Saturday against the Calgary Flames, Turris skated only 12 minutes.
“It’s been frustrating,” he said. “Just trying to help out in any way I can, but we came to the determination that it’s just hard to get around the ice now. Just made a decision to get better.”
When asked if the injury would force him to be shut down for the remainder of the campaign, Turris said there was no indication either way.
“There’s no threat of a long-term injury or getting it to the point where it needs surgery or anything,” Turris said. “It’s just trying to tolerate what was there and getting through it.”
The news Turris would be shut down comes during what has been a disappointing offensive season for the pivot. He set a career high in 2014-15 of 64 points, which came the season following a career-best 26-goal campaign. This season, Turris has scored 13 goals and 30 points.
With Turris out of the lineup, the Senators’ top line center duty appears to be falling on the shoulders of Mika Zibanejad. He’ll skate between Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan.