August 9, 2022

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson out several weeks with surgery

John Carlson, Washington Capitals Practice at Kettler, 11/22/2013 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson will be out several weeks after a procedure to fix a lower-body injury, head coach Barry Trotz announced Saturday.

Carlson missed Friday night’s comeback 3-2 win over Minnesota and had the procedure on Saturday morning. The veteran defenseman missed 12 games in December and January. Presumably this procedure was to correct whatever was bothering him then, as no specifics about the injury or procedure have been released.

This news certainly make the acquisition of Mike Weber a little more clearer. In addition, if Carlson was to be placed on the long-term injured list, it would free up cap space for the team to use for Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP


  1. he is a good player but mostly remain out of game due to injuries. God bless him

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