Senators forward Milan Michalek has knee surgery

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday that Milan Michalek has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Czech player out indefinitely

Milan Michalek tried to forego having his knee worked on until after the season, but lasted only two games with Ottawa this month before sitting again. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Milan Michalek is on the shelf again for the foreseeable future, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday.

MacLean said after the team's morning skate for their game Tuesday against the New York Islanders that Michalek underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to clean up debris.

The Czech forward is out indefinitely.

The 28-year-old missed a month of action and then tried to play through the pain earlier in March, recording an assist in both games he played. All told, he's registered two goals and eight assists in 15 games for Ottawa in 2012-13.

Acquired in the 2009-10 multi-player trade with San Jose that saw Dany Heatley head to the Sharks, Michalek led the Senators with 35 goals last season.

The Senators head into the Islanders contest in fifth place in the Eastern Conference despite long-term injuries to top players in all three positions — forward Jason Spezza, defenceman Erik Karlsson, and goalie Craig Anderson.