SHORT HILLS, N.J. — Peter Regin stood in the Senators dressing room Monday, a sling on his left shoulder, reduced to talking about training camp in September.
He can only hope he’s ready by then.
A disastrous season is over for the Senators centre — and possibly those of Milan Michalek and Matt Carkner.
Coach Cory Clouston confirmed Regin had surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder.
Michalek broke his foot after getting hit by a shot from teammate Jason Spezza on
Feb. 26 against Philadelphia, while Carkner has had knee surgery. Both are expected to be out at least a month
The recovery will be most difficult for Regin, who suffered his injury Feb. 19 against Toronto after getting hit by Joey Crabb.
The surgery should at least put an end to Regin’s history of shoulder issues. But that’s of little comfort.
“I’m very disappointed. We were all hoping to end the season good here, myself included,” said Regin.
“I’ll try to get ready for next year. That’s my goal. (This season) didn’t go the way I wanted for me personally and it didn’t go the way we wanted as a team, either. It’s been a tough year, but that’s the way it is sometimes.
“We’ll all have to regroup in the summer.”
Regin calling it “tough” is an understatement of gigantic proportions.
Signed to a two-year, $2-million deal last summer, he failed to live up to lofty expectations after a strong playoffs last spring.
Regin had only three goals and 14 assists in 55 games this season. He had a bad camp, never got going and was even a healthy scratch at times.
When he is finally ready to return, Regin must improve dramatically.
“Right from camp, I don’t think he played the way we needed him to play,” said Clouston. “His best hockey was towards the end. Just before he got hurt, he was starting to play much better.
“Unfortunately, he gets the shoulder injury that caps off the season for the most part. He’s going to need to spend the summer rehabbing, getting stronger and putting a lot of work in. He can really use this to get stronger. It all depends on how he approaches this summer.”
Did Regin take his spot for granted?
“I’m not exactly sure what happened,” said Clouston. “We expected him to have a real good season, we expected him to come in where he left off (last season).
“He got off to a slow start and he just couldn’t recover. You get into that cycle and it’s hard to get off it. He really needs to be focused this summer and use this past season to motivate him to get back to where we thought he was going to be at the start of this year.”
As for Michalek and Carkner, fans will be lucky to see them on the ice again this season with only 17 games remaining.
For his part, Michalek said he still he hopes to suit up before the April 9 finale.
“It’s frustrating but it’s hockey,” said Michalek. “I’m sure going to try (to play). I’m going to work hard in rehab and try to get back for those last few games.”
Carkner had arthroscopic surgery to repair damage to a knee that has been giving him trouble off and on for the past couple of months.
He could no longer play through the pain.
“The swelling wasn’t going down,” said Clouston. “If he had his choice, he’d probably still be playing, but it got to the point where there needed to be some surgery to clean out the problem.”