The Washington Capitals haven’t seen 27-year-old Karl Alzner play in anything but a full season since the 2009-10 campaign, which he spent split between the Capitals and their AHL affiliate anyways.
That makes news of a groin injury – which kept him on the bench in game six against the Pittsburgh Penguins this postseason – pretty huge for the iron man.
Although the former fifth overall pick isn’t a fan of surgery, it’s certainly a possibility for the blue liner – who finished his 2015-16 campaign with a perfect 82 game record and a career high (tied with last season) 21 points. A ‘one-two movement’ and a ‘pop’ are all Alzner would say about his groin injury, which benched him in the second period of the team’s elimination game (which was ultimately decided as a 4-3 overtime decision in favor of the Penguins), but it was bad enough that surgery may be the only option.
The good news, though, is that Alzner’s injury – which may potentially not need surgery at all – is seemingly the worst of the bunch for the Capitals roster this spring. A broken hand for Jay Beagle, a broken foot for John Carlson, and the concussion Orpik sustained early in the playoffs seem to make up the rest of the injuries listed by the club on locker clean-out day this Thursday.