The cone of silence in the organization surrounding Jason Spezza's condition was lifted this morning.
Bryan Murray announced that Spezza is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc. Murray was hopeful it wouldn't be the end of his season and that Jason could return late in the regular season, or for the playoffs.
It should be noted, Spezza underwent surgery for a herniated disc once before in 2006.
Post -surgery at that time, this is what he had to say:
"I think I can make big strides this summer, but I can do nothing for the next couple weeks, I can't lift (weights) for four weeks. It's not going to be much of a summer, really. Just rehab."
At this point you just to have to hope the surgery goes smoothly, and that an 8-week rehab timetable is realistic. As was noted on the broadcast Tuesday, the Senators record sans Spezza in recent years isn't exactly fantastic. Although a good number of those losses came prior to the Turris acquisition.
This is going to be interesting...
I have faith that Ottawa will be fine without Spezza. Anderson has been awesome, the bottom six is arguably the best in the league, and the defense other than Karlsson have been doing pretty good thus far, especially Wiercioch and Benoit who don't look out of place or overwhelmed.
I've had that surgery. If you have it once you'll likely need it again, it's the same spine after all. You are on your stomach motionless for a week, and then for more sedentary folk back to work in three weeks with no lifting in the interim, and taking it easy for a month after that. That's for mere mortals, not multimillionaires with massive resources supporting them.