Bobby Ryan out for the season after surgery

ryanOttawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced Thursday. The move will bench Ryan for the rest of the season.

“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. “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.”

With 72 points and only 10 games remaining, the Senators are all but out of the playoff picture after a season that started with very high hopes. After losing longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson to the Detroit Red Wings in free agency, the Senators pulled the trigger and acquired Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks via trade last summer. Ryan currently leads the team with 23 goals in 70 games. His 48 points on the season is good for fifth on the team. In October and November, Ryan posted 25 points in 26 games, including 13 goals. From January through March, Ryan had 12 points in 28 games, only notching five goals.

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