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Cowen (torn labrum) surprise participant at Sens’ practice

Mar 27, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators at American Airlines Center on December 1, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
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After an encouraging rookie season, Jared Cowen suffered a torn labrum in his hip during an AHL game in October. He later had surgery and was expected to miss the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.

That might still prove to be the case, but the 22-year-old defenseman has made progress recently. He started skating a few weeks ago and even took part in the Ottawa Senators practice on Wednesday, TSN reported.

Senators GM Bryan Murray cautioned that Cowen practicing doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s close to returning. Murray doesn’t have an exact timetable for Cowen’s return yet, but he’s hoping to get the 6-foot-5 Saskatchewan-native back by late April.

Ottawa will play in its final regular season game on April 27, but they’re likely to make the playoffs. Getting Cowen back would be a significant boost for a Senators’ team that’s been plagued by major injuries.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Where is he on the depth chart?

  2. hooockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Going into the season, Cowen was #3 or 4, behind Karlsson, Gonchar, and perhaps Methot. He would have been on the #1 PK unit, and the #2 PP.

    I’m sure they will initially use him in the bottom pairing, until he gets up to speed, and in game shape. Who knows how long that takes.

    So, he probably Debuts in the finale, April 27? Or a game or 2 before?

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