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.
'He had discussions with team doctors, trainers and all of us together," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "It's obviously Jovo's decision. He's the one who has to make the final call on that. He knows his body better than we do. I have confidence he will do whatever it takes to get back and play."
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 lineup.
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