Capitals Place Carlson On Injured Reserve

The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that they have placed defenseman John Carlson on injured reserve. “Injured Reserve” means that Carlson will miss at least the next seven days, however, Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said after this morning’s skate that Carlson will be out “long term”.

Carlson left the team’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday with an upper-body injury after getting hit in the head by a shot from Jets’ defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Carlson spent Friday night in a local hospital for “precautionary reasons” and was discharged on Saturday. The team said that Carlson remains “under the care of team medical personnel”.

As a result of Carlson’s injury, Washington recalled defenseman Lucas Johansen from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Tuesday.

The team is still without right-wing Connor Brown (ACL, out indefinitely); left-wing Carl Hagelin (hip, indefinite); right-wing Tom Wilson (ACL, indefinite); center Nicklas Backstrom (hip, indefinite); left-wing Beck Malenstyn (finger, week-to-week); defenseman Martin Fehervary (lower-body, day-to-day); and right-wing T.J. Oshie (upper-body, day-to-day).

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14 Responses to Capitals Place Carlson On Injured Reserve

  1. KimRB says:

    Is this a hockey team, or a M*A*S*H unit?

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s gotta be a broken something. Terrible. Schultz was out for a long time with a similar injury last season.

  3. Avi Schecter says:

    If I had to speculate he cracked something, temple bone or maybe jaw or even skull. Get well soon Carly.

  4. dwgie26 says:

    Really sad to see this happen to anyone. Really heartbreaking.

    Whatever it is, we now know he is going to be out for a while. About to see how important JC74 is to this team despite all the hate thrown his way. He is really going to be missed in the locker room (notice all the videos he is in) and on the ice. Lots of important minutes that are going to need to be taken on by a variety of players.

    • James says:

      I agree 26. Let’s see if he’s as useless as all the haters claim he is. IMO, old time Caps fans have never forgotten Langway and Scott Stevens. They were SO GREAT that anyone we’ve seen since pales in comparison. That’s too bad because we’ve had our share of really good D-men.
      For the younger generation, though, you’ve got to be a HOF’er or a GOAT to get any love.

      • novafyre says:

        A lot of the fans’ desire to see John traded is his salary. The worth of a player is complex. Milano right now is viewed as a gem because he costs so little. John might be more valuable on the ice but does his performance outweigh the salary difference? Then there is the locker room leadership. How much is it worth? I’m sure the Caps even figure in merchandise sales. Yes, some have attacked John’s play on the ice, but those who view the metrics can see more. But, especially on a cap stressed team, salary looms large.

        • dwgie26 says:

          It’s very hard to outperform a large contract like JC74 has. Oshie. OV. Backstrom. Even Wilson and Mantha get banged up over the same thing. Which is why you need to have your cheaper players outperform their contracts. It’s a mix. I would still contend that none of those are necessarily bad contracts especially given the context that Ted wants to win and reward the key culture carrying vets. There is a reason we don’t have to buy players out. GMBM doesn’t sign crippling contracts often. A couple, yes. But mostly the contracts are reasonable.

          • novafyre says:

            I just think that the Caps mix right now is top heavy, not balanced. Lots of sad decisions this summer if those top heavy contracts don’t move.

            • dwgie26 says:

              yeah, we have some big ones and all with older players that are barely clinging to their health. I suspect Orlov will be another one because of the russian connection and Ted will let him ride out his career with OV. Hopefully he is in for a team friendly deal. Then we’ll go from have a 3.5M 3C to a 9.2M 3C. I think we’ll have to walk from Jensen as I think he will command 4-5M per on a 4 year swan-song contract. Need to try and fill that internally or find another TVR. Really going to depend on how the season finishes and what demand there is for our FA’s. One thing for sure, there will be a lot of fiery opinions on what does and doesn’t happen. Can’t wait. Haha.

  5. Diane Doyle says:

    This year’s Caps in contention with the 1998-99 edition for most player-games lost to injury

  6. Anonymous says:

    Aren’t Fehevary and/or Alexeyev ready to play?

  7. Jon Sorensen says:

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