The usually durable Raffi Torres will miss the second half of the NHL season with a torn knee ligament.
The fourth-year Edmonton Oilers left-winger will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was damaged in a Dec. 13 game in Detroit.
"I've had a lot of trouble sleeping lately and I don't think [after getting this news] it's going to get any easier," Torres told reporters Monday. "I'm happy that it's finalized. I'm going to do the surgery … and just focus on next year."
Torres, a Toronto native, hadn't played since suffering the injury. Entering this season, he had missed only two games in three previous campaigns with the Oilers.
"I've kind of played through some minor things as my career has gone on," he said, "but going out there [now] I wouldn't be able to do what I want."
Torres added he realized after skating 10 minutes on the ice recently that surgery was the only alternative.
The six-foot, 216-pounder has five goals and 11 points in 32 games this season.
"It's already been extremely tough watching games. I want to help these guys out," said Torres, 26. "I'm going to have to learn how to deal with this and just try to get mentally stronger. I think I'll be able to overcome it."
Edmonton is 14th in the 15-team Western Conference with a 18-21-4 record before Monday's action.