End-of-season shoulder surgery for Regin?

After his latest left shoulder setback, Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin could be finished for the season.

While Senators coach Paul MacLean Regin is exploring his options, Regin is contemplating surgery on the shoulder for a second time in less than a year. The rehabilitation from such a surgery would be four to six months.

Regin was unavailable for comment Thursday, but MacLean said it’s another tough blow in what has been a series of problems on the shoulder.

“It’s very frustrating for Peter,” he said. “For us, Peter is an important player. We think a lot of him, but it’s devastating for him. He has to make the decision about what’s best for him at this point.”

Regin’s shoulder problems date back to last February, when he was hit into the boards by Toronto’s Joey Crabb. Regin never returned to action, opting for surgery in the hopes of making a full recovery for the current season.

Regin was used sparingly in the pre-season and missed the first two games of the regular season. After re-joining the lineup, he played in five games before re-injuring the shoulder against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 20.

At that point, Regin weighed his options, but ultimately opted to rehabilitate the shoulder rather than going under the knife again. He returned to the Senators lineup on Dec. 10, serving as the club’s second line centre, although he couldn’t take faceoffs.

Then came the latest development, stemming from a hit or two he received during Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

“It happened during the game the other night and stiffened up on him (Wednesday),” said MacLean.

Regin has two goals and two assists in 10 games this season.

When asked if surgery was an option, MacLean says the decision is in Regn’s hands.

“I know that’s one of the options, but I don’t know what the other ones are…or what he has to consider.”

Yet considering that his attempts at rehabilitating the shoulder earlier this season didn’t work, surgery would appear to be the most likely scenario.

The Regin injury comes one game after the Senators acquired Kyle Turris in a trade from the Phoenix Coyotes, largely because of a lack of depth at the centre position. That deal looks even better now, given the shortage of NHL-quality centres.

“We would have (made the trade) anyway, but right now, we feel pretty good that we have (Turris),” said MacLean. “But we did enjoy the depth that Peter gave us playing on the third line….for one game, anyway.”

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