SNAPSHOTS: Still no decision on surgery for injured Pinto

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Depending on the severity of the injury and the surgery, the recovery time is typically four to six months.

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Ottawa Senators are still waiting for the last word on center Shane Pinto , but it wouldn’t be surprising if we didn’t see him again this National Hockey League season.

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On the Senators’ first day on the ice since last Sunday, head coach Dj smith had no definitive word on whether Pinto would need surgery to fix his dislocated right shoulder, but it certainly looks like it will.

Depending on the severity of the injury and the surgery, the recovery time is typically four to six months. Smith therefore wishes to wait for the official word from the medical staff.

“They haven’t told me yet, but he’s not coming back anytime soon. We’ll have more information as we move forward here, ”Smith said on Saturday.

KILLS TIME

Having only free time while isolating themselves, the Senators had to find ways to fill their waking hours.

They weren’t allowed to go out to dinner or see friends, so most of the time they tried to keep busy by exercising every day and walking around for some fresh air. Captain Brady Tkachuk noted that he also spent a fair amount of time playing video games.

Tkachuk was fortunate to be among the players who did not test positive.

“I just tried to do whatever I could,” he said. “I went for a walk, played Xbox a lot, and watched a few shows. It wasn’t five fun days, but I just tried to do whatever I could to try and pass the time and do whatever I could.

“I tried to catch up with friends and family and also to catch up with people virtually.

The first day back on the ice was not easy.

“There should be no excuse for us and we should be ready Monday in Colorado,” Tkachuk said.

WAIT FOR ANSWERS

Senators unsure of defenseman status Nikita Zaitsev and winger Drake batherson for this week’s road trip.

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The two remain in COVID-19 protocol and will not be eligible to leave with the rest of the Senators for Denver on Sunday. While Zaitsev might be ready to join the squad in San Jose in time to prepare for a game on Wednesday night, Batherson wouldn’t be ready until the Senators face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday or the Kings of. Los Angeles Sunday.

“It’s not clear. We’re hopeful, but we’ll wait for the doctors and everyone involved to give me the official dates for these two,” Smith said.

Players can’t get out of protocol until they’re symptom free and self-isolate for 10 days, but there’s another factor here: To re-enter Canada from the US, you must be at least 14 days after testing positive. for COVID-19, the Senators must therefore ensure that this requirement is met.

LASSI IS ALWAYS HERE

Defender Lassi thomson has been impressive since being called up from the American Hockey League branch in Belleville during the COVID-19 outbreak, and on Saturday he skated in the first defensive pairing with the assistant captain Thomas chabot .

Defenseman Lassi Thomson, left, has played three games with the Senators this season.
Defenseman Lassi Thomson, left, has played three games with the Senators this season. Photo by Marc DesRosiers /USA TODAY Sports

Thomson, 21, who played three games before the Senators took a break, showed good balance. Will he be there all season? It might be up to him, but the Senators’ first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft won’t be fired unless his game starts to slip.

Smith was trying to control everyone’s expectations.

“We’ll see how the list rolls out as people get healthy and whether he can get enough minutes or not,” Smith said. “Lassi played really well and he showed really well, but it’s a process for him. What will make him the best defender at 23?

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“If we think it’s not the right thing (to keep him) then he sure won’t be there. So far, he’s shown in his short views here that he’s pretty good.

Veteran Michael del zotto skated as an additional defender for practice on Saturday.

Chris Tierney skated in the middle of the second line during the Senators practice at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday.
Chris Tierney skated in the middle of the second line during the Senators practice at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday. Photo by Julie Oliver /Postmedia

THE LAST WORDS

Chris Tierney skated as a center for second line on Saturday, which meant Nick paul returned to the left wing, with Connor brown was on the right … Goalkeeper Matt Murray was out of protocol and on the ice, but saw only a limited amount of work. “He’s like everyone else. We have three goalies and they kind of shared the net, ”said Smith. “He was one of the three who hadn’t done anything in a while, so we’re kind of limiting his action. The two others (Filip Gustavsson and Anton Forsberg ) didn’t miss anything more than the five days ”… The Senators weren’t surprised at how quickly COVID-19 spread in their locker room. “I don’t want to say it was a surprise, but I don’t think it was a huge shock to anyone in our organization that the guys continue to have him,” the defenseman Nick holden noted. “By going on the road trip we were on and then having a positive test almost immediately, we are all around each other pretty much all day, whether it’s at the rink or going out for dinner,” no matter what it was on the road. We expected more guys to test positive, but we’re thankful it isn’t more. “

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