Ottawa Senators’ Tim Stutzle leaves the game with an upper body injury

The Ottawa Senators announced that forward Tim Stutzle suffered an upper body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. The injury occurred during the first period of action when Stutzle and Ducks forward Brett Leason collided along the boards, Leason was given a two-minute minor for interference. Stutzle did not return to play, registering just 2:59 of ice time.

Stutzle entered Monday’s game with 27 points (10G, 17A) in 27 games and is second in scoring for the Sens behind captain Brady Tkachuk. The Viersen, Germany product was the third overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and immediately made the jump to the NHL. In his rookie campaign, he scored 29 points (12G, 17A) in 53 games. Last season he upped his game and broke, recording 58 points (22G, 36A) in 79 games. That performance led to him signing a whopping eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Senators in September at an average annual value of $8.2 million, with the deal making him the highest-paid player. from the list of Senators.

Additionally, the Senators also lost forward Tyler Motte, who suffered an upper-body injury during the first period of action. Motte signed a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Senators in September. Motte played 49 games last season with the Vancouver Canucks, registering seven goals and eight assists for 15 points before being traded to the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. Motte’s depth role helped Rangers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. He has two goals in 15 playoff games. So far this season, eight points (2G, 6A) in 28 games. The Senators are currently in last place in the Atlantic Division.

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