Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will miss at least one month of action with a broken finger, the team announced Saturday night.
This is the sixth hand bone fracture in the last four seasons for the 30-year-old.
Ryan tested out new gloves in March and has been hoping to find a way to meet the challenge head-on, but he took a shot off the hand against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night and that was that. The injury is to the right index finger.
“I feel for him,” head coach Guy Boucher said. “This man has made some giant leaps, both on and off the ice, personally, the way he presented himself this year, the way he played. I find it sad.”
The Senators did polish off the Maple Leafs on Saturday by a final score of 6-3, but losing Ryan stings.
He missed 19 games with a broken right index in 2016-2017, but he hasn’t missed significant time with the injury prior to that until now.
This season, Ryan has been building something with forwards Mark Stone and Derick Brassard. They’ve become one of the most formidable lines in hockey, with Ryan posting six assists in eight games.
The Senators have an off day for Sunday and will return to practice on Monday before facing the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
The plan is to call up someone from Belleville to replace Ryan.
Chris DiDomenico has already been called up to replace the injured Zack Smith, so Ottawa may need to make some more profound adjustments this time. The thought is that Boucher may return to the alignment of seven defencemen and 11 forwards.
The Senators have been looking for forward depth and this injury may push general manager Pierre Dorion to the open market, but one has to imagine he’s not overly eager to make a reactionary deal just to get over a one-month hump.
Ottawa is 4-1-3 through eight games this season, putting them four points behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference. They’ve scored 30 goals and allowed 21 goals against and are without a loss on the road thus far.