Andrew Hammond is out for the start of the 2015-16 season.
According to multiple reports, the Ottawa Senators goaltender, who spearheaded the team’s hot streak into the 2014-15 playoffs, will miss two weeks with a groin injury.
Hammond suffered the issue at the team’s morning skate Thursday, prior to its exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens.
At the time, Senators coach Dave Cameron didn’t know how serious the issue was via the Ottawa Sun:
“Hammond isn’t going. He tweaked a groin,” said Cameron Thursday morning. “Tweaked groin is all I know. I have no time limit on it. I don’t know (how long he is out). I haven’t talked to anybody. I got the information relayed to me.”
This means AHL goaltender Matt O’Connor will likely take Hammond’s roster spot to start the season with Craig Anderson as the team’s starter.
During the offseason, Hammond, 27, signed a three-year $4.05 million contract. He made his first NHL start last season and went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals against average to lead the Senators into the playoffs.
In honor of Hammond’s nickname, ‘The Hamburglar,’ Senators fans threw hamburgers on the ice at points during Ottawa’s late-season run.
In Ottawa’s first-round playoff loss to Montreal, Hammond notched a 3.44 goals against average and went 0-2.
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