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Senators hope Spezza will return around trade deadline

Feb 1, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza underwent successful back surgery on Friday, according to Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes.

If everything goes right for Spezza, he might return around the April 3 trade deadline.

The 29-year-old was the team’s leading scorer in 2011-12 with 34 goals and 84 points in 80 games. Ottawa has been doing great offensively this season, but there’s no question that this injury leaves a hole in the team’s lineup. Senators GM Bryan Murray might make a move as a result.

“We’ll make an evaluation at some point next week if we have to do something,” Murray said.

Ottawa has a 5-1-1 record this season, but they are down 1-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday through 40 minutes. Ottawa hasn’t been shutout this season.

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