Sakic Won't Return This Season

DENVER (AP) -- With his left leg still bothering him, Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic says he won't return this season, leaving his career up in the air.

Sakic, who's in his 20th season, says he's still a few weeks away from returning as the strength in his leg hasn't fully returned following January surgery to repair a herniated disk.

The Avalanche close out the season Sunday.

He refuses to think about long-term plans until the summer.

The 39-year-old Sakic hasn't played since his balky back knocked him out of a Nov. 28 game at Phoenix.

In December, Sakic damaged his left hand in a snow blower accident at his home.

While sidelined, he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk.

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