So Jason Spezza, Ottawa’s first line center and the league’s fourth leading league scorer last season, is out indefinitely with a herniated disc?
Ignoring the immediate kneejerk reaction, and ensuing panic that will flow, this news is a ‘we just traded Pavol Demitra for Christer Olsson’ kind of terrible that takes time to properly absorb.
The good news for Spezza is that his surgical procedure that took place today reportedly went well; although no specific timeline has been placed on his return.
This indeterminate amount of time that Spezza will be out of the lineup will assuredly have some fans freaking out and for good reason – even if he misses a best-case scenario of six to eight weeks, we’re looking at Spezza missing approximately 28 regular season games over the next two months. With the seven games that have already been played, Spezza will be lucky enough to return to the lineup by the time we reach this season’s three-quarter mark.
Fans will instinctively...