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Jason Spezza out Indefinitely

Sens center to undergo back surgery on Friday.
Thursday, 31.01.2013 / 12:02 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Jason Spezza out Indefinitely



The Ottawa Senators will be without number one center Jason Spezza indefinitely. General Manager Bryan Murray informed the media on Thursday the 29 year old will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

The Senators don't have any timetable for his return. They are hopeful — provided recovery goes smoothly — that Spezza will be able to return later this season or for a potential playoff run.

While Spezza does have somewhat of a history with back injuries, there were no indicators that he would encounter any problems this season. He had a successful campaign earlier in Switzerland before winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup. It wasn't until a flare up in last Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh that it became apparent he needed to be examined.

Murray was adamant that replacing a player of Spezza's calibre — he finished fourth in the NHL scoring race during the 2011-12 season — is a near impossible task. Not only are players of his ability hard to come by, you will not find many willing negotiation partners. Murray admitted he had been exploring potential trade options earlier this season in an effort to reinforce a blueline missing Jared Cowen, but those efforts did not turn up much.

He has not made any inquiries in recent days.

The team will likely look to replace Spezza by internal committee as they have in the two games he has missed thus far in 2013. In those contests the Sens scored eight goals from seven different players despite the absence of their top playmaker up front.

Should the roster change in coming days it is much more likely that the team will make a call up from the Binghamton Senators. Murray praised the work of Luke Richardson and his AHL staff in their work with the farm team, pointing to the play of Mika Zibanejad as an indicator of the franchise's depth. Zibanejad has two points in two games since his call-up and was named to the three stars both nights despite being characterized as underwhelming during his time with the Baby Sens this season.

Spezza's surgery will take place in Toronto on Friday.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
2 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
3 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16