MONTREAL, March 1 (UPI) -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek will miss 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee, the team said Monday.
It was relatively good news for Montreal after fears the 37-year-old blueliner would miss the rest of the season. He is now in line to return by the first round of the playoffs should the Habs make the post-season.
"We decided to just go for a cleanup," Spacek told Canadian broadcaster TSN. "I think it's a good thing for me, at least I can come back this season. I don't have to sit out the rest of the year and wait for next year."
Spacek hasn't seen action since the second period of Montreal's Feb. 12 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He has scored one goal and racked up 15 assists through 57 games this season.