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Senators’ Spezza to have back surgery, out “indefinitely”

Jan 31, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on March 31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Ottawa Senators will have to get by without Jason Spezza for a while. The 29-year-old star forward will undergo back surgery for a herniated disc on Friday and is out “indefinitely,” the club announced today.

It’s not clear how long his recovery will take — the Sens are hoping he’ll be back for the playoffs.

With Spezza gone, the Senators will need to look elsewhere for offense. Fortunately, the team hasn’t had any problems in that regard early this season. Forwards Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek are off to superb starts while Erik Karlsson continues to be one of the top offensive defenseman in the NHL.

Ottawa has a 5-1-1 record and has averaged an impressive 3.43 goals per contest. Still, maintaining that pace will be quite a challenge, especially without its leading scorer in 2011-12.

Spezza has already missed two games due to the injury, both of them Sens victories.

  1. nygdriveforfive - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Not the news I wanted to hear. He will obviously be missed. Turris has to produce with his increased minutes. Really don’t like that there is no real time table for his return.

  2. nygdriveforfive - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    11am presser to discuss the injury. Fingers crossed he can come back for the stretch run/playoffs.

  3. nygdriveforfive - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Out indefinitely with herniated disc. Sens are hopefully he can return late in the season. This really sucks. All four lines were playing well and shuffling them will hurt. Turris is now our #1 and has to play like it. This will cost the Sens playoff positioning. Sens still get in but a lower seed now.

  4. nygdriveforfive - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    You don’t replace a top 5 scorer in the league. Think I will take the rest of the day off work(and head to the bar).

  5. nygdriveforfive - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I live in Toronto so at least I won’t be the most depressed guy at the bar (leafs fans).

  6. vstar1us - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Get well little Duder, get well

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