Washington Capitals left-winger Carl Hagelin met with the media on Sunday morning for the first time since sustaining an eye injury in practice at the beginning of March. The injury ended his season.
Hagelin recounted the injury, saying he took a stick blade directly to his left eye that ruptured the choroid in the back of the eye. He said he’s had two surgeries, the last one about a month ago.
Carl Hagelin said he took a stick blade directly to his left eye and ruptured the choroid in the back of the eye. He’s had two surgeries, the last one about a month ago. He said he won’t get 100 percent of vision back but he’s being optimistic and will work to play next season
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Hagelin said he’s talked a lot with former Rangers teammate Marc Staal, who returned from serious eye injury. He said Staal always makes him feel optimistic
Hagelin said the injury was scary, and was the most pain he has ever endured. Hagelin also said he won’t get 100 percent vision back but is optimistic and will work to play next season.
Hagelin has two more years remaining on his current deal with the Capitals at $2,750,000 per season.
The Capitals traded for Johan Larsson at the trade deadline to replace Hagelin at left wing on the fourth line.
By Jon Sorensen