NHL fans in Canada reacted to the announcement Monday that Evgene Malkin will not be available to play for the Ottawa Senators this season after he had surgery on a hip injury on Sunday.
The news that Malkin would not be able to return to action on Monday came in the midst of a day in which the Senators played their first game since his return.
Ottawa defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Monday, ending their five-game losing streak.
The Senators announced Monday that Malkins hip injury is worse than originally thought.
They also announced that he has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement saying he’s proud of the work of the medical team and the team doctors and the work that the entire medical team has put in to get to this point.
“We were all disappointed to hear the news of Evgeny’s hip injury, but the decision was made today to allow Evgenie to be back with the Ottawa team,” Bettman said in a statement.
“It is a difficult situation for Evgenies family, and we know he will be in the best place he can be when he returns.
As such, we will continue to be in close contact with Evgenia and his family as they get ready to move forward.” “
The NHL has been supportive of Evgiy, and they have made it clear that they want to help the team move forward.
As such, we will continue to be in close contact with Evgenia and his family as they get ready to move forward.”
The NHL released a short statement Monday night.
“With this news, we are all heartbroken,” the statement read.
“Evgeny has had an incredible career in hockey.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The Senators also released a video of Malkin’s return on Monday.
“Thank you, Evgeniy, for your contributions to the Ottawa hockey community,” the video read.
The video also included video footage from the NHL’s Twitter account.
The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that Malki will play in their home opener on Oct. 27.
“While I am devastated by this news and wish Evgeniya well in the coming days, we understand the importance of getting Evgenis back as soon as possible,” said Senators President and General Manager Bryan Murray in a prepared statement.
Murray also added that Malkie is available for trade and said he would be available for a trade during the NHL lockout.
Malkin had surgery in December to repair his left hip.
Murray added that the Senators and Malkin are hopeful to have him back soon.
“I know that Evginy and the Senators are very grateful for the great support they have received over the last two years from our fans and our organization,” Murray said in the statement.
NHL teams typically use injured players on opening day to make up for a lost roster.
This season, only five players were on injured reserve.
“This is a very difficult time for all of us, but I am grateful for all the support and love Evgis family has received,” Murray added.
Malki, 25, was one of the top scorers in the NHL last season and was an eight-time all-star.
He won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 2014.
Malko has five goals and five assists in 30 games this season.
He had 17 goals and 19 assists in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.