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.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason