DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche will be without captain Joe Sakic for most of the rest of the regular season.
Sakic is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery and will be sidelined for approximately eight to 12 weeks. He hasn't played since Nov. 30 because of the injury.
"Joe's rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover," Avalanche physician Andy Parker said in a release Thursday.
The 38-year-old Sakic has seven goals and 22 points in 24 games this season. Prior to the hernia injury, Sakic had played in 232 consecutive games dating back to January 2004.
He's earning US$6.75 million on a one-year contract. Sakic plans to return.
"After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup," he said.