ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Joe Sakic's return to the ice has been sidetracked by a snowblower.

The Colorado Avalanche captain, already out with back problems, broke three fingers on his left hand when he tried to clear snow from the machine at his home. He will be out at least three months.

The Avalanche said Sakic underwent surgery on the broken fingers Tuesday. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"It's a freak accident. It can happen to anyone," Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said. "His health is the most important. We'll worry about the hockey part after that."

Sakic, 39, already was being treated for a herniated disk, which was expected to keep him out until mid-January.


The Carolina Hurricanes activated former Flyers defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from injured reserve after he missed four games with a leg injury. Carolina visits the Flyers tonight. . . . Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Dandenault had surgery on his left arm, which was broken Tuesday when he was hit by Dustin Boyd along the boards during a victory against Calgary. He will be out indefinitely.