The Ottawa Senators will be without their top goal scorer for the remainder of the season.
The team announced Thursday that forward Bobby Ryan will have season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia.
?Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,? Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement. ?Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.
?Bobby has worked hard to play through this injury to help his team and his teammates and had yet to miss a game this season prior to the injury progressing to this point, so we?re obviously disappointed that we won?t have him available to us for the rest of the season. We?re confident that he?ll recover in time to have a full summer of training that will allow him to be back in our lineup and help this team be successful next season.?
Ryan, who was traded to Ottawa from the Anaheim Ducks last offseason, has tallied a team-high 23 goals to go along with 25 assists in 70 games this season.
The Senators are an extreme long shot to make the playoffs, as they currently sit eight points back of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
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