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Mattias Ohlund's Career May Be Over

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UNHAPPY ENDING: D Mattias Ohlund, who has not been on skates since Nov. 11, said the surgery he had in February to repair his left knee has not had the desired effect, and for the first time acknowledged what so many have been thinking: His career might be over.

"I'm not even close to skating," Ohlund said. "Clearly, it's not going the way I thought or everybody wanted when I had my surgery done. My normal life is fine but I'm not close to where I want to be."

Ohlund, 36, had what amounted to a partial knee replacement as a thin layer of titanium resurfaced the bottom of his femur at the joint behind the kneecap. Cartilage there had worn away causing painful bone-on-bone friction.

"Nobody has told me it's impossible to ever play again, but clearly the longer it goes the chances of that are getting tougher and tougher," Ohlund said. "You have to be realistic that the chances are not great."

The problem for the team is the $11.75 million Ohlund has left on a contract that runs through 2015-16. Because he is injured he can't be bought out. Ohlund and Yzerman will chat this season about Ohlund's future.

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Let's hope he can recover and get back out there. Even if it's only for one more season, one more game, one more shift. If not, he has the satisfaction of knowing he had a great career in the NHL and is respected league-wide.

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Considering the surgeries he's already been through and his age, it was likely he'd retire anyways or at best get another year or two. Good person and player, and hope he and his family can rest and enjoy his retirement if that's what it comes to.

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Damn, miss Ohlund.. Wish he could keep playing. I would've loved seeing Ohlund/Salo playing together in Tampa

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Bring him in as a defensive coach, or he can go to Sweden and hire him as a scout?

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Definitely the best defenseman we've ever had for an extended period of time. I'd agree that he deserves the Ring of Honour.

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can't believe Salo outlasted him

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That's real $#it news.

Mattias on the left side and Sami on the right would have been the classiest pairing the NHL has ever seen.

Sorry Mattias.

The only good news is that his normal life is fine. Good perspective, great career.

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Best of luck to him. On top of being one of the top defencemen the Canucks have ever had, he also helped mentor Edler into a top NHL defenceman.

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"The problem for the team is the $11.75 million Ohlund has left on a contract that runs through 2015-16. Because he is injured he can't be bought out. Ohlund and Yzerman will chat this season about Ohlund's future."

Why is it a problem? Ohlund can go on long-term injured reserve and insurance should cover his salary for the Lightning. :huh:

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"The problem for the team is the $11.75 million Ohlund has left on a contract that runs through 2015-16. Because he is injured he can't be bought out. Ohlund and Yzerman will chat this season about Ohlund's future."

Why is it a problem? Ohlund can go on long-term injured reserve and insurance should cover his salary for the Lightning. :huh:

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Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.

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When Ohlund left it was probably one of the things that frustrated me with the Canucks the most. I still felt he had a good handful of years left in him, even if they weren't using him as well as Crawford did. I remember when Mitchell got hurt and Ohlund stepped up to the shutdown role and he dominated that role as usual, such a steady and useful player on both ends of the ice that could do it all.

Hands down my favorite defenseman of all time, used to pretend I was him when I was playing road hockey as a kid. Definitely should be in the ROH.

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Best defencemen we've ever had. I'd love to see him get on with the Canucks in some capacity, and to see him in the ring of honor.

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