Sens lose Ryan to season-ending surgery

Ottawa, ON ( - The Ottawa Senators revealed that dynamic forward Bobby Ryan will have season-ending surgery to correct a sports hernia.

The procedure will be performed on Thursday in Montreal.

"Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. "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, brought in from Anaheim in an offseason trade to replace the offense lost when Daniel Alfredsson signed with Detroit, finished his first season in Canada's capital with 48 points along with a team-best 23 goals in 70 games.