SUNRISE, Fla. Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury, the team announced Thursday.
Jovanovski will undergo surgery April 5. The injury is not career threatening, a Panthers spokesman said.
Named Panthers captain prior to the start of this season, Jovanovski was limited to just six games this season. He finished with one assist, a minus-4 rating and averaged 15:39 of ice time per game.
Jovanovski missed a stretch of 21 games due to what many believed was a knee injury suffered Jan. 31 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. On March 9 he revealed it was a different lower-body injury which had kept him out of the Cats lineup.
The 36-year-old defenseman returned on March 16 in Florida's 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders. He played a little more than 14 minutes over the first two periods, but did not skate in the third.
Jovanovski joins a lengthy list of Panthers who have suffered season-ending injuries. Florida previously lost top-line forwards Stephen Weiss to wrist surgery and Kris Versteeg to knee surgery.
The Panthers, last in the NHL with a 9-19-6 record, lead the NHL in man games lost to injury with 219 heading into Thursday's contest against the Buffalo Sabres.