Senators' Spezza: back surgery was only option

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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"You always aim to push your rehab and you can be a little more aggressive with things, but (Gerry Townend, the head athletic therapist) already talked to me about making sure that we're doing things right and not getting too carried away," Spezza said. "The goal is to get back by the end of the season and to hopefully help us to the end of the year and the playoffs."

The first couple of weeks following surgery are a rest and recovery period and then if things look good, Spezza should be able to start with his rehab late next week.

Despite having two surgeries, Spezza remains hopeful that this won't be an ongoing problem, and more importantly, a detriment to the longevity of his career.

"Going forward it's definitely going to be a focus for me. When I plan my summer training, when I do my workouts and when I'm practicing, I have to take it into consideration.

"But there's been a lot of guys who have played with back problems and gotten over it, so I'm hoping to be one of those guys."

Notes: The Senators reassigned D Mark Borowiecki to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. ... G Craig Anderson was given the day off to rest, but Senators coach Paul MacLean didn't rule out giving Ben Bishop the start Saturday afternoon against the visiting Winnipeg Jets. ... Anderson has played the past seven straight, while Bishop has made just one start this season, a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.