Senators' Jason Spezza out 'indefinitely' for back surgery

Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza. (Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun)

Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza. (Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:44 AM ET

OTTAWA - They have survived, even thrived, without important defenceman Jared Cowen.

Now the Senators have to carry on minus their top centre -- possibly, like Cowen, for the rest of the season.

The morning after watching his team improve to 5-1-1 and move to within two points of first in the overall standings by thoroughly pounding the Montreal Canadiens, GM Bryan Murray announced Jason Spezza will have back surgery to repair a herniated disc Friday in Toronto. He is out of the lineup "indefinitely."


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