Berard to miss rest of season with back injury
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard will miss the rest of the season because of a back injury that has sidelined him since Jan. 27.
Doctors hope to decide this week if surgery is needed, team president and general manager Doug MacLean said Monday.
Berard has described his problem as a bulging disk in his lower back. He had hoped to correct it through rehabilitation.
Berard, who has 12 goals and 32 points in 44 games, signed a two-year contract with Columbus in August after playing nine seasons for Toronto, the New York Rangers, Boston, Chicago and the New York Islanders.
He was the 1997 NHL rookie of the year with the Islanders and won the Masterton Trophy in 2004 for best exemplifying the qualities of hockey.
Berard was severely injured in 2000 when he was hit in the right eye with a stick. He missed the rest of that season and the following one and still has reduced vision in the eye.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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