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.
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan on Carl Hagelin: Was practicing with visor up when he got clipped with a stick. 5-6 hour surgery, still needs another surgery. “Highly unlikely” he will play this year. “Hopeful” he can resume his NHL career. #ALLCAPS
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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