The Ottawa Senators told reporters today that 23-year old center Josh Norris
will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season to a shoulder injury. Norris initially missed ~4 months to the injury sustained in October.
At the time, it was believed that his injury would keep him out the entire season, yet he returned way ahead of schedule. His premature return had many folks asking: is it worth the risk?
The Senators sit 25th in the NHL with a 20-23-3 record, so their season - for all intents and purposes - is over. There is/was absolutely no reason to rush Josh Norris
back from a shoulder injury that could potentially carry long-term implications if not properly cured.
The notion of players returning too soon and paying for it has really stood out this season. Most notably, perhaps, is Carolina Hurricanes forward Max Pacioretty
, who re-injured his Achilles' tendon
just five games into his return.
We all know hockey players are tough. It's in their blood.
That said, sometimes the body isn't as resilient as the mind (and at times vice versa) and can break down under extreme stress. Ideally, teams look at these two cases and exercise caution before rushing players back from severe injuries in the future.