TJ Oshie’s 2018-19 season ended in devastating fashion after Warren Foegele fractured his collarbone during Game Four. The Capitals would lose two of their next three games of the series and fall to their first-round opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes, in seven games. Their dreams dashed of repeating as Stanley Cup champions.
But the good news is that Oshie, who began skating in earnest for the 2019-20 season in late July, is now fully healthy.
“Yeah, [the] shoulder is 100 percent,” Oshie said during Capitals’ Media Day on Thursday.
He is also, uh, more sturdy and shiny inside.
“Got some new hardware in there so I don’t think this one is going to be breaking anytime soon, knock on wood,” Oshie said. “I am all good. Ready to go.”
The popular Capitals forward was asked what he meant by “new hardware.”
“It’s just the whole thing is metal now,” Oshie said, presumably meaning his new collarbone. “I got a lot of metal in my body. I needed a plate for the whole thing, so she’s strong. Bunch of screws, so I am good. Ready to go. I was able to do all the testing and strength testing. I actually did better than I thought I would so I am happy.”
A natural followup of that followup was if he had issues with metal detectors.
“I always thought that because I have a plate with 10 screws in one of my ankles and this one with 12 screws, but no. I just breeze on by,” Oshie said, referencing a broken ankle he sustained in November 2010 while a member of the Blues. “I don’t know what they are putting in there but it’s working.”
In a recent contest video posted by Ditch Hockey, Oshie revealed that he has “a total of 13 inches of metal plates in my body” on top of his 22 total screws. He added humbly, “It’s been a tough ride, but a lot of guys have worse though.”
Yeah, no. I’m not really sure they do, Teej.
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