The Ottawa Senators have been dealt a major blow to their lineup when it was confirmed by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Twitter that forward Jason Spezza will undergo back surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery will take place this Friday in Toronto according to multiple sources via Twitter.
Can confirm Jason Spezza has elected to have surgery for his back injury. Not sure how long he will be out or extent. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) January 31, 2013
It is believed that Spezza will be out of the Senators lineup for the better part of the first half of the season according to Ian Mendes of Sportsnet. There is hope that Spezza will be able to rehab the injury after a week, leaving a return for the second half of the year and playoffs a possibility. Senators GM, Bryan Murray believes he’ll be out for roughly two months, possibly longer according to Brent Wallace of TSN.
Murray addressed the media this morning and briefed them on Spezza’s condition. Murray does believe the surgery to be “major” despite earlier reports that the club may not view it as such.
Spezza was off to a fine start this season, scoring two goals and adding three assists in five games before the injury occurred. Highly touted prospect and callup, Mika Zibanejad scored his first NHL goal Wednesday night helping ease the pain of Spezza’s absence.