Carl Hagelin out indefinitely after hip surgery

Washington Capitals forward Carl Hagelin is out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to treat his chronic left hip.

Hagelin, 34, was set for his NHL return after a serious eye injury last season threatened his career. The 34-year-old was hit in the eye with a stick during training in March, ending his season. He previously said his vision would never return to 100% again.

Hagelin has been with the Capitals since 2019, recording a personal-best 25 points in 58 games with them in 2019-20. His career high was his 38-point rookie season in 2011-12, with Hagelin playing for Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles in between. Hagelin was a member of both Pittsburgh Stanley Cup teams in 2016 and 2017.

Hagelin wasn’t likely to break into Washington’s top six, but it was a blow. The quick and hard-working winger missed training camp with a lingering lower-body injury, which led to surgery this week.

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« It’s a persistent problem that he’s played with, » Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said last month. « It got worse over time. It’s at a bad time right now.

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