It had been talked about a little bit around these parts and today the Ottawa Senators made it official. Forward Bobby Ryan will undergo season ending surgery for a sports hernia that he has been dealing with since November 2013.
Both Ryan and the team had hoped that this was something Ryan could deal with in the off season but after crashing into the end boards in Dallas last weekend, the injury seemed to be re-aggravated. Ryan will have the surgery today in Montreal.
Paul MacLean drew a lot of heat earlier in the season for his at times questionable use of Ryan. Now that we know for certain there was a lingering injury, it sort of explains why his ice time fluctuated so much over the course of the season. Full credit to Ryan for trying to play through the injury and for still putting up respectable numbers despite what must have been an extremely painful injury to play through.