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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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06