After re-aggravating a sports hernia that was first sustained in November this past Saturday in Dallas, Senators forward Bobby Ryan underwent surgery today in Montreal, which will rule him out of the team's remaining games in 2013-14. Senators GM Bryan Murray offered a rundown of the injury and Ryan's status.
Here's what he had to say...
On Ryan and the injury:
He got hurt early on and tried to play through it. He felt it handicapped him a little as far as shooting the puck in particular was concerned. Then he had a couple of incidents where things cropped up. Going into the boards the way he did in Dallas was a time we had to decide with him that it was best to stop playing for a bit and get it repaired and give him a chance. I think if we were still in a real serious, serious position here we could maybe get another game or two out of him but it doesn't make a lot of sense at this point in time to continue playing when you're hurt.
On Ryan's first season:
Well he certainly started very, very well. He shoots the puck awfully well, he scored some goals, his line obviously carried the team early on. He was a big part of that. I think after the hernia started to get aggravated a little bit he seemed to shoot the puck a bit less. Overall very happy and satisfied with his overall play and we know he'll be a real contributor going forward.
On the timeline:
All indications are it's not a surgery that's going to require a lot of time. In five to six weeks he'll be working out fairly substantially and be ready to — almost at the end of the season — get a clean bill of health and go home. If we have to keep him around a little bit longer for the rehab process we certainly will and Bobby and I have talked about that. It doesn't seem like it's one of those injuries that will last month after month, it's a lot less time than that.
On the impact of the injury of Ryan's season:
I know there were some times in games that he felt like he couldn't contribute very much but he stayed on the ice as required by the coaching staff and tried very hard to be a big factor for our team. I think he was and obviously we like that kind of person and want to treat him right in return.
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