Senators Josh Norris will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

The Ottawa Senators will be without. Josh Norris The center will require shoulder surgery for the remainder of the season, the club announced Monday.

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Norris, 23, returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after missing 38 games (through Oct. 22) with the same shoulder issue. He played just three games in his return, scoring in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Jets. He finished the season with two goals and one assist in just eight appearances.

Norris’ loss is a huge blow for the struggling Senators, as Norris was the team’s leading scorer last season with 35 tallies in 66 games, and tied for third in points with 55.

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The 20-23-3 Senators are currently seventh in the Atlantic Division, with 11 points and six teams and a wild-card playoff spot between them. The team has lost four of its last five games and has just two wins in its last eight, much to the disappointment of fans who had high expectations after a busy offseason that featured veteran center Claude Giroux, 41-goal forward Alex de Drinkett, and goalie Cam Talbot all join the team.

The club called the center back Ridley Gregg to Belleville on Monday to compensate for the loss of Norris. Gregg has 12 goals and 23 points in 28 AHL games this season. If he plays, the Lethbridge native, Ulta, will make his NHL debut.

The Senators don’t play until Wednesday, when they host the New York Islanders, which is one game. Can be seen on Sportsnet. 7pm ET / 4pm PT.



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