Cowen out for up to eight months after hip surgery

Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators walks down the players' tunnel after warmups prior to playing against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on April 23, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators are preparing for life without defenceman Jared Cowen for the next six to eight months.
As expected, Cowen had hip surgery to replace a torn labrum in New York Saturday. The long rehabilitation process means there’s no chance Cowen will play again this season, either in Ottawa or with Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
“First of all, we’re very disappointed for Jared, because this was a big year for him to get more ice time, lots of playing time in Binghamton until we’re going to play in the NHL,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in an audio message provided by the team.
The team will monitor his recovery closely “to make sure he’s completely ready to play when he steps on the ice again.”
Cowen, 21, scored five goals and 12 assists with the Senators in his rookie year last season, while also delivering solid defence.
Assigned to Binghamton during the NHL lockout, he suffered the injury on Oct. 19.
Cowen initially took a hit along the boards and following what Murray described as a “freaky” type of play a few minutes later, Cowen felt “a pop.”
Surgery, Murray said, was the only option, but there is no connection between the hip injury and Cowen’s previous knee issues.
With Cowen unavailable to play, Binghamton defencemen André Benoit, Mark Borowiecki, Patrick Wiercioch and Erik Gryba will all be looked at closely for a spot in the NHL when the lockout ends.
“It certainly opens the door for another candidate,” said Murray. “We think we have some good young players. Three or four are very close.”

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