ATLANTA – There will be another defenseman joining Andrei Markov
and Josh Gorges
in the Canadiens’ clinic.
After already missing the last six games with a knee injury, Jaroslav Spacek will be spending the next 4-6 weeks in the therapy room. While no player ever wants to watch his team play from the press box, the 37-year-old was ready to look on the bright side of his pending arthroscopic surgery.
“The situation is that I went to see the doctor yesterday and we decided to go for a clean up of my knee. I think it’s a good thing for me because at least I can come back this season,” admitted the 12-year NHL veteran. “We’ll do it as soon as possible and I’ll have to take a few weeks off from the rink, but at least I’ll be back this year. I really didn’t want to be out for six months so 4-6 weeks is great news.”
Having made the trek to Alabama to meet with Dr. James Andrews along with fellow mending blue-liners Gorges and Markov this week, Spacek knows he’ll have plenty of company to help him through the rehab process over the next few weeks.
“I’ve been with them for the last two weeks and when I saw what kind of therapy they were doing I was just praying that I wouldn’t have to do the same thing,” explained the Habs defenseman with a grin. “For me it was really positive news last night.”
With 12 different defensemen having already patrolled the Habs blue line this season, the team’s therapy room has been busier than usual this year. Aiming to make his return in time for the postseason, Spacek was careful not to circle any specific date in his calendar.
“It’s about how the surgery will go. When they go in, they’ll have to see how it goes with my knee and my recovery,” he explained. “I want to come back as soon as possible, but sometimes it takes a little longer so we’ll see. Everybody heals differently and it depends on what the damage is like in there. You never know, but hopefully it’s sooner than later.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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