Mattias Ohlund didn’t play at all last season and even if the lockout ended today, he wouldn’t be able to play.
He underwent serious knee surgery over the summer and his future is still very much in doubt. He’s rehabbing, but he won’t necessarily be able to continue his hockey career, according to the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson.
Ohlund previously reinforced the fact that he still has hope, but at the time he admitted that he doesn’t know what the “end result will be.”
Ohlund turned 36 on Sept. 9, but he does have four seasons left on his contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, including the 2012-13 campaign. He comes with a cap hit of $3,607,143, but his contract was somewhat front-loaded, so he was scheduled to earn $5 million this season compared to $3 million over the final two years of the deal.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.