Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal needs to have back surgery that will likely end his season, general manager Don Maloney said Thursday.
"Marty is going to have a procedure on his back next week, which will put him week-to-week and in all likelihood finish his season," Maloney said to the Coyotes website. "The good thing is he'll have time to recover and we'll get him back as soon as possible. The likelihood of him returning this season is remote but we do anticipate a full recovery."
Hanzal hasn't played since Jan. 29, when he scored the winning goal in a 3-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. He has 24 points in 37 games this season.
Maloney said Hanzal's back had been getting progressively worse in recent seasons.
"We can't keep doing this. We have to find a solution," Maloney said. "He's still a young man (27). We've got to get him better. We need to get him where he's healthy and can help us win."