Capitals’ Brown Likely Out For Season After Undergoing ACL Surgery But Not Ruled Out

The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that right-wing Connor Brown will miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his ACL but the 28-year-old hasn’t been ruled out to return this season.

Brown sustained the injury after getting hit into the boards along the bench by defenseman Noah Juulsen in the Capitals’ 6-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on October 17.

He was held off of the scoresheet and earned a -3 rating in four games. Brown, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, skated an average of 2:04 per game on the penalty kill (which currently ranks fourth among Capitals forwards).

Brown was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on July 13 after right-wing Tom Wilson underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 25. Wilson sustained the injury during the first period of Game 1 in the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Florida Panthers on May 2. He missed the rest of the postseason after playing just 1:31.

Wilson is not expected to return to the lineup until at least December but started skating lightly without gear on Wednesday but he has yet to skate on a regular basis. Brown was given the same recovery timeline as Wilson did after last season.

Left-wing Beck Malenstyn has replaced Brown since he has been out.

The Capitals will have a spare $3.6 million in salary cap space to use this season with Brown likely out for the rest of the year.

By Harrison Brown

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16 Responses to Capitals’ Brown Likely Out For Season After Undergoing ACL Surgery But Not Ruled Out

  1. Anonymous says:

    Im starting to think the team is cursed. And a second round pick gone as well.

  2. Lance says:

    That is a serious bummer!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      You ain’t kidding, we gave up a second for him, too.

      • Lance says:

        The whole thing just sucks on all sides. Brown was hoping to set himself up for a good next contract. But now can NHL teams expect the Connor Brown of past years or will he lose a step? I think he was a great fit for the Caps. I figured they’d sign him for another 5 years or so. But what do you do now if you’re BMac? The 2nd rounder is gone.

        Ah, well. Time heals all wounds.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Needs to go on LTIR to save some cap space no??

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s a wrap.

  5. Jon Sorensen says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    Who is available? Kane?

    • steven says:

      However the Caps cant afford to give away any more picks this year or next due to the number of RFA and UFA this season and next. With the number of long term injuries they have they are better to look at Hershey for replacements than to make a trade and all the do is make the playoffs and leave after the first round.Now is the time to start the rebuild rather than retool!!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Tank Hard For Bedard

    • steven says:

      Nice idea but remember that the lottery is a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 16 picks of the Draft. So even if they were to tank that does not assure them Bedard. Unless they can trade away enough players to eventually obtain the 1st pick.

  8. Anonymous says:

    He should be back for the playoffs, at least if the Caps make a run. This is unfortunate, for both him and the team, but the silver lining is that the Caps will get to be an overcap team in May, like Tampa.

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