Panthers' Bertuzzi has back surgery, to miss 6-8 weeks

Florida Panthers winger Todd Bertuzzi had surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Head coach and general manager Jacques Martin told TSN of Canada that Bertuzzi would be re-evaluated next week and will likely miss between six and eight weeks.

Bertuzzi experienced back spasms in a game against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 18. He underwent treatment and injections for the injury but ultimately opted for surgery.

Bertuzzi, who was acquired by the Panthers in an offseason trade with the Vancouver Canucks, also missed some preseason time with a rib injury.

The Panthers acquired Bertuzzi in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo as part of a five-player trade with the Canucks the day before the NHL draft in June.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the end of the 2003-04 season and playoffs after his on-ice attack left Colorado's Steve Moore with fractured vertebrae in his neck and a concussion that has so far prevented him from returning to the NHL.