One of the lingering questions among Washington Capitals fans as of late is the current status of Anthony Mantha, and his projected return date. Capitals’ bench boss Peter Laviolette was a guest on 106.7 The Fan this morning where he discussed the status of Mantha and his projected return.
Laviolette said that Mantha is progressing, and he could possibly return to skating sometime this month (February).
“I think maybe there’s a chance (return before playoffs). He’s moving along, and progressing inside the room. He’s not out on the ice with us yet. I think we hope to see him this month, out on the ice, but then from there, I think there will still be a little bit of a process.”
Laviolette added that while Mantha may return to skating this month, that is just the first step in a long road back.
”When he does step on the ice I think we just gotta not get too excited about the fact you see him out on the ice. That would be a first step in a tough injury that he had in a long road back,” said Laviolette.
”So it’s going to be a little bit. But I do think there’s a chance that we’ll see him on the ice at some point here in February. And my guess is yes we would see him back before we play our first playoff game.”
Mantha’s fiancé Caitlyn posted a photo of the couple over the weekend which showed Mantha’s surgery scar on his shoulder.
Mantha was injured in a collision with teammate John Carlson in the second period of the Capitals 5-4 overtime loss to the Panthers in Florida on November 4. He would have surgery on his shoulder the following day.
#Caps forward Anthony Mantha underwent a successful surgery on his shoulder following yesterday’s game against the Florida Panthers and will be out indefinitely.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) November 5, 2021
The Capitals posted a photo of Mantha skating alone at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, February 9.
The Capitals are back in action on Thursday when they play the last-place Montreal Canadiens north of the boarder. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.
By Jon Sorensen