Sakic to miss eight to 12 weeks after hernia surgery

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will undergo
hernia surgery Friday and will miss eight to 12 weeks, the club
announced Thursday.

Sakic has been out since Nov. 30, missing 12 games. The
organization said a lack of progress in rehab has made surgery

"Joe's rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and
upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform
surgery in order for him to fully recover," Avalanche team
physician Andy Parker said in a release by the club.

Sakic, in his 19th season, has been Colorado's leading scorer
the past three seasons, including a 100-point campaign last year.
It was the sixth time he reached the 100-point mark in his career.

"A huge loss for us," Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville
said. "Obviously, a player of his abilities and what he brings to
the organization and the team on a game-by-game basis is
irreplaceable. I think in his absence over that last stretch we've
done a good job. But I don't think we should feel like it's going
to get any easier going forward or anybody's going to feel sorry
for us without Joe in the lineup."

The Avalanche are 8-4-1 since Sakic was injured.

"It's been hard to keep the ship afloat since he has been gone,
but we have some guys who are getting some opportunities and taking
advantage of it," Avalanche forward Andrew Brunette said. "We
just have to keep playing well. We can't wait to get him back."

Before missing the Avalanche's game against San Jose on Nov. 30,
Sakic, who has seven goals and 15 assists in 24 games this season,
had played in 232 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 6, 2004.

"After with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable
me to return to the lineup," Sakic said in a statement released by
the Avalanche.

Sakic ranks eighth all-time in points with 1,611, 11th in
assists with 994 and 14th in goals with 617.