Senators’ Gabriel Pageau out at least six months with Achilles injury

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It’s been a rough few months for Ottawa Senators fans, but their level of misery seems to have taken a serious turn over the last few hours.

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard, by now, that the Senators traded Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks for a less-than-stellar return. But now, there’s even more bad news. Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau tore his achilles tendon in his right leg while training yesterday. Pageau underwent surgery last night and he’s expected to miss at least six months of action.

Not having Pageau is less of a blow to the roster than trading Karlsson, but it just seems like bad news is pilling up.

The 25-year-old had 14 goals and 29 points in 78 games last season. He’s also just three years removed from a 19-goal and 43-point season.

There now appears to be a clear opening for Chris Tierney, who the Senators acquired as part of that trade with the Sharks yesterday afternoon, on the second line. Tierney put together his best season as an NHLer last year, as he had 17 goals and 40 points in 82 games last year.

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Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.