Capital Winger Carl Hagelin sidelined long-term with eye injury – CBS Baltimore

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – Washington Capitals winger Carl Hagelin is expected to be out for an extended period of time with a serious eye injury.

Hagelin was hit in the left eye with the wrong stick during training Tuesday. General manager Brian MacLellan said the 33-year-old Swede had surgery on Tuesday night and is meeting with doctors about what’s next.

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“Anytime you have an eye injury, there’s a concern,” coach Peter Laviolette said after Wednesday’s training session. “First and foremost there is a concern for him and just his happiness. It’s unfortunate that something like that happens.”

On the ice, Hagelin was one of Washington’s best penalty kick killers and was an important part of the attack alongside Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway, who played against the opposition’s top attacking players. since the beginning of last season. The immediate worry was about Hagelin’s future.

“The visibility part is the biggest concern,” says MacLellan. “We were really worried last night. I don’t know, it’s good news that the autopsy is on the right track. But it remains to be determined what the next steps are and how it will affect him.”

Striker Joe Snively is also considered the week with upper body injuries. Goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov is being evaluated after taking a shot high in the air and off the ice. MacLellan has no updates on Samsonov’s condition.

The injuries are even more severe for a team that has lost 3 games in a row and 6/9 games in a row. After starting 2022 at the top of the NHL rankings, the Capitals have lost 14 of their past 22 games, including six in a row at home.

“We had to find a way,” said winger Conor Sheary after last defeat on Monday against Toronto. “We knew we had the answer in the room and we just had to find a way to string a winning pair together.”

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One possible boost to come is sixth winger Anthony Mantha, who has missed the past four months recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. Laviolette did not rule out Mantha playing Thursday night against Hurricane Carolina but did not confirm whether that was a realistic possibility.

“He looks better every day,” Laviolette said of Mantha. “He had another good practice session and he looks really strong.”

MacLellan said Mantha’s availability will depend on trainer Jason Serbus and doctor John Klimkiewicz, who performed the surgery in early November.

Mantha’s return is a boost ahead of the March 21 trade deadline, but the clashing Capitals could still be looking for another striker alongside a veteran keeper.

The Capitals currently hold the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and have kept up the pace to make the knockouts but without a major fall in the interval and a zero run Inevitability of Columbus Blue Jackets. Due to their situation and recent trends, MacLellan does not expect to be as aggressive as in previous years because he believes they are not nearly as much a Stanley Cup contender as they appeared earlier this season. .

“It really has to make sense,” MacLellan said. “At the beginning of the year, I will say that we are the legitimate candidates. … Now I’d say we’re at the low end of the next level of (competitive) teams. And we need to improve. We need to get back to where we were.”

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