Ottawa Senators: Tim Stuetzle is Finally Back on the Ice

After suffering an arm injury on October 13th, Tim Stuetzle is back on the ice a month later

In what was a welcomed sight for Senators fans everywhere, Tim Stuetzle finally laced the skates back up and stepped onto the ice:

It’s really nice to see the Senators’ top prospect back on the ice after the disappointing news and it seems as though he hasn’t missed a beat while displaying his classy edgework.

Stuetzle was also named to the German’s 27-man roster for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships (surprise) and wore the “C” during their summer showcase versus Switzerland, so expect him to carry the same honour at the tournament.

The pre-tournament prep for the German’s is on December 6th, and as Hailey Salvian stated it falls right around where he is expected to recover from his injury.

Contract Dispute?

Stuetzle signed a 3-year contract with Mannheim in June of 2019 and the team has been hesitant to release him as of now, but talks between the Senators and Mannheim are likely ongoing.

Mannheim has to release Stuetzle from his contract for him to sign his ELC with the Senators and with his recent injury and the pandemic there’s no rush to get a deal done just yet. There’s an interesting stipulation in Stuetzle’s contract that Silver Seven Sens reported:

The current rule is that a player under contract in Europe can’t be signed to an NHL contract after August 15th

This still begs the question if it’s possible for the German superstar to force Mannheim’s hand into terminating his contract so he can come over to North America. Nobody knows what the correct course of action is here, the Senators would obviously love Stuetzle to come over and compete for a job in training camp but if he ends up staying the season in Mannheim it won’t be an issue and might be better for his development.