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Hanzal could miss start of next season because of spinal fusion surgery

Hanzal could miss start of next season because of spinal fusion surgery
Published On: Fri, Mar 09
Mar 24, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a shorthanded goal in the third period against the Dallas Stars at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Hanzal will undergo spinal fusion surgery in the coming days and could miss the start of next season for the Dallas Stars.

The recovery time for the surgery is six to seven months, Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday.

Hanzal had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 38 games this season. He already has missed 29 games because of injury.

"We just want to get [Hanzal] taken care of now," Nill said. "We've got time on our side a little bit now. This will help to get him back for next season. That's the path we're taking."

Nill said Hanzal's initial injury occurred in late November. He had three separate injection treatments to try to play through the pain.

"It was just something that slowly came upon and it kind of got worse and worse," Nill said. "He was getting these injections to try to manage it and it finally got the point where the injections didn't help anymore."

Nill said the Stars are not treating this as a career-threatening surgery.

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