Avs' Sakic out at least 10 weeks

Updated: January 7, 2009, 9:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic, already sidelined after a snow blower accident last month, underwent surgery for a herniated disk on Wednesday and will need about 10 weeks to recover.

Joe Sakic

Sakic

Sakic was originally expected to be out six weeks after suffering a herniated disc on November 28 against Phoenix.

"After weeks of rehabilitation, it was determined that surgery was the safest path to a complete recovery," said team physician Andrew Parker. "This was our best option and the surgery went as expected."

Sakic will spend the next seven to 10 days at home in Colorado resting before beginning rehab.

"I understand that this was the best way for me to return to the ice, so now my focus and goal will be to get back as soon as possible to help my teammates in the final weeks of the season," said Sakic.

Last month, Sakic broke three fingers on his left hand trying to clear snow from a machine at his home, an injury that was expected to sideline him through late February.

Sakic had his most difficult season last year, missing 38 games following hernia surgery before returning to the lineup to help the team reach the playoffs after a one-year absence.

"It was just a frustrating year," Sakic said after signing a one-year, $6 million deal in September. "With the injury and the rehab, I was mentally tired. At that point, I was almost ready to move on and spend time with my family. It wasn't a physical thing. Just mentally, I was drained."

Sakic said in December that he's still year-to-year and is not even considering the possibility of playing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in his native Canada.

The Avalanche are missing several veteran leaders. In addition to Sakic, star Paul Stastny is out with a broken arm and Ian Laperriere (back) and Adam Foote (arm) missed the Avs' trip to Nashville this week.

The Burnaby, British Columbia native is the Avs' franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, and points.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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