February 2, 2013
Our 'Doc' wonders whether Spezza should have played in Switzerland during NHL lockout
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By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

Senators forward Jason Spezza shoots the puck past Penguins defenceman Paul Martin at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Ottawa, Jan. 27, 2013. (BLAIR GABLE/Reuters)

RALEIGH - Now I'm no "Doc", despite what the misspelled credentials hanging around my neck here at the PNC Arena say, but I am of the opinion that a guy with a history of back issues shouldn't have been playing in Switzerland during the lockout.

Especially when he doesn't need the money and, after insurance costs, he wasn't making much, if anything at all, anyway.

Did his 28 games with Rapperswil-Jona in any way lead to the back surgery Jason Spezza had Friday in Toronto? Maybe not. Then again, maybe. I don't know. I'm no doctor. But I can't imagine the Swiss experience helped Spezza's back.



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