Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray doesn't expect forward Jason Spezza back during the final month of the regular season, according to a report by NHL Network insider Chris Johnston.
Spezza hasn't played since Jan. 27 due to a back injury that required surgery. The forward had a point in all five games he played this season, posting two goals and three assists, and was the Senators' leading goal-scorer last season with 34.
The good news for the Senators is they're in strong position to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs even without Spezza, defenseman Erik Karlsson and several other regulars. They enter the weekend fifth in the Eastern Conference with 44 points.
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday