Senators' Pageau out at least 6 months after tearing Achilles tendon
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Things are going from bad to worse in Canada's capital.

One day removed from trading the face of their franchise, the Ottawa Senators announced Friday that forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau will miss at least six months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg during training on Thursday.

Pageau registered 14 goals and 29 points this past season, primarily serving as Ottawa's third-line center. His best season came in 2015-16 when he led the league with seven shorthanded goals.

The Ottawa native is best known for his playoff heroics, netting a hat trick in the Sens' first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens in 2013, and scoring four goals - including the OT winner - against the New York Rangers in the second round of the team's magical run to the conference finals in 2017.

Pageau, 25, signed a three-year, $9.3-million contract last summer.

His injury will likely result in an increased role for newly-acquired center Chris Tierney and could open up a spot for former first-round pick Logan Brown on the team's opening-night roster.

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Senators' Pageau out at least 6 months after tearing Achilles tendon
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