Somehow the Ottawa Senators are staying in the playoff chase despite not having three of their stars and now the club will have to try and remain competitive without Jason Spezza for a little while longer.
According to Renaud Lavoie, a reporter for RDS, Spezza is expected to miss additional time due to some stiffness in his back. Lavoie states it could be another four weeks before Spezza is able to rejoin the team, two weeks longer than originally thought after he underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his back.
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) March 13, 2013
But here’s the interesting part. Senators head coach, Paul MacLean claims to know nothing about the possible setback to their star center.
“I don’t know. Not that I know of. I don’t know anything about that. I was here all day, just like (the media).”
Spezza was originally diagnosed to need 6-8 weeks of recovery time and with this being week 6, it was expected that he could return in two weeks. Now with this news, adding another four weeks to the time table and the Senators would be without Spezza until mid-April.
If the Senators can hold on that long and remain in the playoff mix, a healthy Jason Spezza just in time for the final few games and possibly the playoffs could be a blessing in disguise for the folks in Ottawa.