Washington Capitals left-wing Carl Hagelin has an undisclosed injury unrelated to the eye injury he sustained in practice last season and will be out long-term, according to the AP’s Stephen Whyno. A recovery timeline for the 34-year-old is unknown.
Hagelin’s absence as well as Johan Larsson’s departure in the offseason leaves an opening on the Capitals’ fourth-line and top penalty-killing unit. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Beck Malenstyn, and Joe Snively are among those in line to earn that role.
Carl Hagelin not participating in the testing today. Apparently dealing with an injury unrelated to his eye.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 22, 2022
Hagelin averaged 1:54 on the penalty-kill (second among Capitals forwards) and earned three goals and 14 points in 53 games last season. The Capitals could have $2.75 million in extra salary cap relief but the team would need to save it if they expect Hagelin to play for them this season.
Right-wing T.J. Oshie had surgery on an core injury after last season ended and will not be out long-term. The 35-year-old is expected to participate in Friday’s training camp activities.
T.J. Oshie said he had a core procedure a few weeks after the season ended. Injury occurred in March. Oshie expects to be a full go for Game 1 and will be on the ice practicing tomorrow, etc.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) September 22, 2022
Oshie missed 48 games with numerous injuries last season and finished with 11 goals and 25 points. He led the Capitals with six goals and added an assist in last Spring’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The Capitals open the preseason on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres and the regular season and Wednesday, October 12 vs. the Boston Bruins.
By Harrison Brown