Arlington, Virginia (AFP) – Niklas Backstrom It charged him with a groin injury that caused him to miss the first two months of the season, and Tom Wilson As hard as he tried, he couldn’t do the same in qualifying on a bad knee.
Now it is possible that neither of them will be on the ice when the disc falls next season.
Washington Capitals could be in for a long summer bleeding into fall given the uncertainty surrounding Buckstrom, Wilson and Wing Karl HagelinWho hopes to play hockey again after a horrific accident that nearly cost him his left eye. Wilson may be headed for surgery for what he calls a major knee injury, and Backstrom’s future is questionable with a major decision looming.
“The best thing I want to do is play hockey, and that’s my life,” Backstrom said. “Obviously I want to go back. I want to go back to normal, and I don’t worry about that. We’ll see what happens.”
When asked if Backstrom’s career could be in jeopardy, general manager Brian McClellan didn’t respond directly and said, “I think he’s going to explore all the options here. He wants to be better. He wants to feel more physically comfortable when he plays, so he’s going to explore them.” .
Backstrom missed the first two months of the season to rehab his left hip, which he underwent surgery in 2015 and concedes he will never be healthy. McClellan said it was not sustainable for the 34-year-old to continue playing as he had done since December.
Wilson missed nearly all of Washington’s first round matches against Florida after adjusting his left knee and avoiding an injury in the first game on May 3.
“My summer is disgusting now,” said Wilson, who also had a concussion in December. “It’s going to be a grind for me. I have to start my recovery. As an athlete it’s always good to have goals and a clear mindset for what you have to do, we get there with the doctors and stuff and we’ll go from there.”
captain Alex Ovechkin He said he will travel home in Moscow on Monday and will not need surgery on his troubled left shoulder. He missed the last three games of the regular season before returning to the start of the qualifiers and setting a goal and five assists.
“We did a few things to help her, and I was fine,” Ovechkin said. “But in qualifying I don’t think it matters. If it hurts, you have some injections to do and you have some magic pills.”
the ward TJ O’Shea He needed a lot of therapy to play through a series of injuries, including a broken right foot early in the season and a bad back that broke out. He was still Washington’s top scorer in the Panthers Series with seven points with six goals and an assist.
“This year has been very difficult for me,” O’Shea said. “But if anyone is 100% healthy after six games in a playoff series, you probably haven’t played hard enough, so I imagine everyone has something going on.”
Hagelin has been out since he took his stray colleague’s wand in his left eye in practice on March 1, tearing the choroid so much that doctors considered removing it. The 33-year-old Swede has had two surgeries and is more optimistic now than he was two months ago about playing next season, although his vision will never be 100% back.
“It still has some deep realization and it’s clear he’s looking down and looking up,” said Hagelin, who has skated a few times in recent weeks. “It’s sometimes hard to get that focus right away, so this is still a work in progress. There will be a lot of eye training this summer, and I’m up to the challenge.”
The state of Backstrom, Wilson and Hagelin affects what the Capitals will try to do this summer after their fourth consecutive first-round exit since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Coach Peter Laviolette, who is approaching the final year of his contract with MacLellan unwilling to address the possibility of an extension, I would like to find a place in the center for this 21-year-old Conor McMichaeland determining the target position is first on the off-season checklist.
“We’ve lost in the first round in the last four years,” McClellan said. “We will explore the changes. I don’t think anything is off the table.”
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