Washington Capitals Star Players Career May Be Over at This Date

Published June 2, 2023 at 1:06 PM

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom made a remarkable return in January after hip resurfacing surgery to enhance his quality of life. However, it remains unclear how his hip will respond this summer following the team's absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This is a surgery that several players were forced to end their careers after getting, former NHL'er Ed Jovanoski commented on it last summer:

«They dislocate your joint,» Jovanovski said to Custance. «Pull it out of your leg. Then shave the femoral head down to a certain size and cap it with titanium. Then do the same for your socket, shaving out the socket and hammering in a new socket where everything kind of joins together.»

Jovanovski endured a year-long rehabilitation following his resurfacing surgery and managed to play just 37 more NHL games in the 2013-14 season. Sadly, this is considered a the most successful return for a player after undergoing the procedure.

In hockey, there are less successful examples of hip resurfacing surgeries. Ryan Kesler, a center, underwent the procedure in 2019 but never played again. Meanwhile, veteran NHL player Mike Sillinger opted for the surgery to ensure a pain-free retirement.

The Undertaker, a WWE Hall of Famer, was the first known professional athlete to return to work after the surgery in 2010. However, his wrestling schedule consisted of just two matches per year after the surgery, often involving multiple wrestlers to share the workload. The demanding schedule and intensity of professional hockey would not allow for such rest and limited workload.

General Manager Brian MacLellan stated that Backstrom's career will be evaluated during training camp, acknowledging the uncertainties surrounding his health after a major surgery.

As the franchise's assist leader with 761, Backstrom's future impact remains uncertain. With two years left on his contract, the Capitals may place him on long-term injured reserve if he is unable to continue playing next season.

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Washington Capitals Star Players Career May Be Over at This Date

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