Brad Marchand and Tom Wilson suffer playoff injuries that will sideline them for next season
The NHL Playoffs are truly a war of attrition that claims many along the road to Stanley Cup glory.
Two of the games bigger stars will be sidelined to start the 2022-2023 season due to injuries that required surgery after they were eliminated.
In this past week, the Washington Capitals announced the injury that sidelined forward Tom Wilson for all but one game of these playoffs. On Tuesday, Wilson underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL.
The timeframe for his recovery is between 6-to-8 months. Wilson is now expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, and possibly longer.
Wilson was hurt in Game 1 of the playoffs after a hit by Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. He played only 1:31 in this postseason because of that injury but did pick up a goal.
The 28 year-old power forward posted 52 points in 78 games for the Capitals this season. He has 273 points in 647 career contests.
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins announced that super-pest Brad Marchand underwent successful hip surgery on Friday. His timetable for recovery is expected to be 6 months, which will also put him out for the start of next season.
Marchand, 34, registered 80 points in 70 games for Boston this season. The feisty winger added 11 points in 7 playoff contests. He has 795 points in in 874 career games.
In some good injury news, Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray is expected to be ready for the start of next season.
Murray, 28, missed the final 28 games of the year due to a concussion. He finished the season with a 5-12-2 record and a 3.05 GAA to go along with a .906 SV%.