Carl Hagelin hasn’t played in a game or practiced with the Capitals since suffering a severe injury to his left eye on March 1. A friendly fire high stick from a teammate caused the Swedish forward to have two surgeries. “And then we’ll see what happens after that,” Brian MacLellan said a little over a month ago.
“[W]e’re hopeful that everything – with regard to his vision and the rest of his life and the game of life, that’s the most important thing,” Peter Laviolette added. “Such a great person in our room and a great player, we certainly miss him. But that’s kind of secondary right now to what he’s dealing with and so hopefully things stay positive. There’s been some good signs and some good news in there but he still has more work to do with regard to the eye.”
Monday, the Swedish forward returned to the ice for what may very well be the first time since getting injured. Hagelin joined his teammates for the Capitals’ 2021-22 team photo.
His flow remains as good as ever.