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#1 stonecoldstevebernier

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

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.


http://www.tampabay....ghtning/1270565

Just a short piece from yesterday that I stumbled upon, didn't see it posted anywhere here. Sad news to hear that Ohlund's playing days could very well be coming to a close, although not a surprise given the severity of his injuries.... still, what looks like a thoroughly undeserved ending for one of the greatest players to ever don a Canucks uniform.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

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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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

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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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

Damn, miss Ohlund.. Wish he could keep playing. I would've loved seeing Ohlund/Salo playing together in Tampa
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

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Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

Ring of Honour material...
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

Bring him in as a defensive coach, or he can go to Sweden and hire him as a scout?
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:38 PM

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Damn I miss this guy. I'm going to go watch Ohlund destroy people on youtube for a bit.

EDIT: 2 of my favorites with Ohlund on Tampa:




These two hits aren't that bad either



But my favorite one of all and one that proves that Ohlund will forever be a Canuck:


Edited by Nas19, 15 January 2013 - 11:50 PM.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

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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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

can't believe Salo outlasted him
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:50 PM


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

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


I'd love to see him return in some capacity, but he's always been rather reserved, not sure if coaching would suit him... scouting, perhaps. Like many others have said, it's a given he'll get into the Ring of Honour soon after he makes it official (whether that be this season or later)... and if he's interested in returning to the Canucks in some capacity, I'm sure he'll be more than welcome.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

:( :'(
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:21 AM

"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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:01 AM

"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:


That does stick out as somewhat odd... perhaps because Tampa Bay is a team in the southern US and saving a few million bucks could be helpful to them if possible? I'm not sure.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:07 AM

Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.


No doubt. It's not even close. Lumme and Salo are distant seconds.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:14 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

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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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

Agreed, ROH would be great and having him working with the team in any capacity in the future would be great too.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.


I completely agree. I wish he ended his career as a Canuck.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

He's probably done given that news. Not to mention he hasn't scored a goal in two seasons now.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

Disappointing news for Mattias.
Sorry to see his career end this way.
I wasnt even aware of this knee problem till now.
As someone that has had an athletic career cut short because of knee problems it sucks.
You know mentally, and everything else physically you can do it...but 1 defective piece stops you.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.

Absolutely. And not just for his play but also for the effect he had and the leadership he showed to our younger D men.

Really hope this isn't the end of his career but I do hope that he thinks wisely about it. No use forcing the knee to play pro-level hockey and risk damaging it further. As he said, his knee is fine for normal life stuff and that's more important than hockey.

Good luck to him.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Ohlund deserves to be in the ring of honor.

Best defenceman the Canucks have ever had.


Right on .. and my favorite Canuck of all time followed by Snepts, Linden and R. Paiment
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

This has been simmering for a while, sad...

Well done for posting this tribute DeNiro!

All us Canucks fans owe our respect to Ohlund!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjMy4oUjoE8


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:40 PM

Damn I miss this guy. I'm going to go watch Ohlund destroy people on youtube for a bit.

EDIT: 2 of my favorites with Ohlund on Tampa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bov63RMMIUQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNFvMpwzVeI

These two hits aren't that bad either

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7UUxswtzE0

But my favorite one of all and one that proves that Ohlund will forever be a Canuck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Wcqu0NbRk


I always thought that Ohlund was fairly dirty and you help reinforce that with FOUR cheap head shots. Thanks.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

I always thought that Ohlund was fairly dirty and you help reinforce that with FOUR cheap head shots. Thanks.


Really? Because none of those were headshots. He hits them in the CHEST because he's facing them, except Zetterburg got hit from the side.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Really? Because none of those were headshots. He hits them in the CHEST because he's facing them, except Zetterburg got hit from the side.


This, Ohlund hits the body, not the head.
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