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Avalanche captain Joe Sakic to miss at least six weeks

Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will miss at least the next six weeks so he can receive treatment for a herniated disc in his back.

Sakic, who hasn't played since he left the game early Nov. 28 against Phoenix, has played in only two games since Nov. 8.

“He’ll continue to be monitored by our medical staff who will prescribe a treatment regimen that will hopefully allow Joe to be back playing as quickly as possible,” Avalanche executive vice president and GM Francois Giguere said in a release. “Our team physicians are confident that this course of action is the best for Joe at this point in time.”

The 39-year-old Sakic signed a one-year contract in the off-season after pondering if he was able to return for another NHL season. He has 625 goals and 1641 points in 1378 NHL games.

“I’m comfortable with the plan going forward and will work as hard as I always have in order to return to the lineup,” Sakic said in the release.

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