Report: “Highly Unlikely” Carl Hagelin Returns This Season, “Hopeful” He Can Resume Playing Career

ESPN’s Emily Kaplan provided an update on the status of Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin during Saturday’s Penguins-Capitals game. She said it is “highly unlikely” that Hagelin will return this season, but he is “hopeful” he will be able to resume his NHL playing career.

Kaplan added that the injury occurred at the end of Capitals practice, and that Hagelin’s shield was up when he was clipped by a teammates stick. He underwent a 5-6 hour surgery and still requires one additional surgery.

The Capitals announced on March 6 that Hagelin underwent successful surgery to his left eye, and will be out indefinitely. Hagelin was injured at the end of a practice on Tuesday, March 1.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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7 Responses to Report: “Highly Unlikely” Carl Hagelin Returns This Season, “Hopeful” He Can Resume Playing Career

  1. steven says:

    Shame to see any player get hurt especailly in practice. Hope he has a speedy recovery. This is a good learning experience for younger players to always have your shield down.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Good luck to Hagelin in his recovery. Hope his second eye surgery goes well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Scary stuff. I had a friend who had a detached retina and there was actual concern for his life. Not sure how that works, aneurysms, etc.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sidney is the biggest baby.

  5. Denise says:

    Wow, such a long surgery and recouping time. I hope there will be complete restoration of his eyesight and no long term damage.

  6. Bill Ries says:

    Carl Hagelin, the Pete Rose of Hockey, Mr. Hussle! Miss you on the ice. Gett well soon.

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