Spezza out with shoulder injury

Ottawa Senator Jason Spezza was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguin Kris Letang during the second...

Ottawa Senator Jason Spezza was hit from behind by Pittsburgh Penguin Kris Letang during the second period in Ottawa on Dec. 26. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

OTTAWA - Injured Senators centre Jason Spezza won't be playing anytime soon.

The Senators centre suffered a right shoulder injury on a hit from Pittsburgh's Kris Letang Sunday and could be out for six weeks.

Spezza emerged Monday wearing a sling and had a solemn look on his face.

"I'm pretty disappointed. It's unfortunate," said Spezza."I knew right away and once I got off the ice I knew something was pretty bad."

He said he's confident he won't need surgery and hopes to play again this year.

Coach Cory Clouston said club officials won't know more for about another week. It's believed doctors have to wait for the swelling to go down to make a determination on whether surgery is required.

"There is a big hole there. We can't expect one guy to go in there and be our No. 1 centre," said Clouston. "I'm not going to go into specifics. It might be a week or so before we know the extent.

"We just need other guys to step it up. If everyone can raise their play, we can overcompensate for that. You can't expect one guy to go in there and fill his shoes."

The Senators will call up a centre from Binghamton later Monday. Expect it be Zack Smith.


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