Knee surgery sidelines Carkner

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:08 PM ET

OTTAWA - Senators defenceman Matt Carkner had knee surgery Monday morning and will be out an "indefinite" period of time, the team has announced.

That means both rookies David Rundblad and Jared Cowen will start the season with Ottawa.

"He had reoccurence of the knee (injury) that was a problem for him going into the latter part of last year," GM Bryan Murray said of Carkner, one of the NHL's toughest players.

"He did probably do a little too much off ice, and has been affected by it."

Asked if "indefinite" meant a month, Murray shrugged.

"It appears at least that," he said. "I'm not going to predict a definite time, by any means, but I think when you go under the knife, especially the knee, you probably suspect it will be a fair amount of time."


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