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Martin Hanzal Will Undergo Back Surgery

GLENDALE – Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is slated to have back surgery and likely will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

“Marty is going to have a procedure on his back next week, which will put him week-to-week and in all likelihood finish his season,” General Manager Don Maloney said Thursday. “The good thing is he’ll have time to recover and we’ll get him back as soon as possible. The likelihood of him returning this season is remote but we do anticipate a full recovery.”

Hanzal, an alternate captain who has played only 37 of the team’s 55 games this season, has been sidelined since Jan. 29. Despite playing with the nagging injury, he ranks tied for sixth on the team with eight goals and tied for seventh with 24 points.

“It's been something he's had for the last two or three seasons and it has gotten progressively worse,” Maloney said. “We can't keep doing this. We have to find a solution. He's still a young man. We've got to get him better. We need to get him where he's healthy and can help us win.”

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