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#1 DeltaSwede

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:00 AM

From Swedish newspaper Sportbladet:

After 908 NHL games:
Now recognizes Olympic gold hero from 2006 that his career is coming to an end.
- Mentally, I feel that there will be no more, says Mattias Ohlund, 36, to kuriren.nu.
Ohlund has not played a single match in over two years.
A knee injury has stopped him.

However, he is constantly aiming for a comeback in the NHL, where he played eleven seasons for Vancouver and the last five years, belonged to Tampa Bay.
"I have to be realistic"
Now however recognize the veteran that career is probably over.
- In a perfect world, I had played hockey for a few years. But I still turn 37 years in a few weeks, says Mattias Ohlund to kuriren.nu.
- I've had a pretty long career and I'm happy with. I do not feel at all bad mentally in any way. But I have not played in over two years. I have to be realistic and realize that the conditions to play again become smaller and smaller, he continues.

Ohlund has done four Olympics for Tre Kronor, 2006 in Turin, it was gold, and he has done over 900 games in the NHL.
The last two seasons have been devoted to rehabilitation.
- Even if my knees would be fine when I wake up in the morning so the prospects of getting back are very little. To come back when you are my age is not the easiest thing, he says.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:02 AM

If he can recover from his injury a PTO would be good.

But thats an 'if' :(
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:07 AM

This is painful to read, it's a real shame how much of his career that injury has stolen from him. :(
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:38 AM

well if his knees can hold up i dont see why a club won't pick him up. i'd say he has 1 or 2 years left. maybe a good bottom pairing, veteran presence to a young team. was always my favourite canuck back in the day
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:43 AM

Damn shame....
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:01 AM

Ohlund is a beauty.
One of my favorite all time Canuck blueliners.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:03 AM

well if his knees can hold up i dont see why a club won't pick him up.


He is 37 and hasn't played in 2 years would be my reason.

You almost think he would need some time in the AHL first.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:10 AM

well if his knees can hold up i dont see why a club won't pick him up. i'd say he has 1 or 2 years left. maybe a good bottom pairing, veteran presence to a young team. was always my favourite canuck back in the day


Mine as well .. a great player and quality man .. sad to hear .. such great memories, tho ..
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:17 AM

i'm guessing another reason a team wouldn't pick him up is that he's under contract with tampa...
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:47 AM

Cmon MG bring back Ohlund for one more year!
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

Whoa... He's been in Tampa for 5 years already ???

Time flies.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Arguably the best Dman the Canucks have ever had, when he retires he should be entered into the ring of honor right away.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:12 AM

Would be such a shame if he has to retire. I know the chances are slim, but it would be great to see him play again.


I still wish we kept him though. I never agreed with MG's decision to let him walk.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:15 AM

Sign Ohlund to a retirement contract. Retire in Vancouver!
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:55 AM

Would be such a shame if he has to retire. I know the chances are slim, but it would be great to see him play again.


I still wish we kept him though. I never agreed with MG's decision to let him walk.

Matty O was my favourite player for a long time, but really a 7 year deal at 3.6 million cap hit? no way the Canucks were matching that term. And he would be screwing over the Lightning if he does retire, he should just stay on LTIR a la Pronger.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:00 AM

Ohlund is a beauty.
One of my favorite all time Canuck blueliners.



Too the words out of my mouth. Really miss him :(
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:06 AM

Matty O was my favourite player for a long time, but really a 7 year deal at 3.6 million cap hit? no way the Canucks were matching that term. And he would be screwing over the Lightning if he does retire, he should just stay on LTIR a la Pronger.


I was unaware that that was the only term he would sign for. I thought it had more to do with Ohlund not fitting into MG's plan.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:08 AM

Sign Ohlund to a retirement contract. Retire in Vancouver!


yeah! do the same for bertuzzi and jovanovski too!
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:12 AM

Matty had major both knees scoped in 2011. One knee didn't heal properly (bone rubbing on bone was too painful) and he ended up having reconstructuve knee surgery in 2012 to have his cartilage completely replaced with titanium joint in that knee. He has worked hard to rehab it, but he'll be lucky to just walk pain-free, let alone play pro hockey again.

Like Pronger, he is likely to stay on LTIR until his Tampa Bay contract expires rather getting a compliance buyout -- see http://www.rawcharge...ias-ohlund-ltir.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:19 AM

i'm guessing another reason a team wouldn't pick him up is that he's under contract with tampa...

Yup, this year and two more.

Whoa... He's been in Tampa for 5 years already ??? Time flies.

Well, 4 really. This would be his 5th year.

Would be such a shame if he has to retire. I know the chances are slim, but it would be great to see him play again.

I still wish we kept him though. I never agreed with MG's decision to let him walk.

This is one of those deals where you look back in hindsight and realize it was the right move. IIRC, Ohlund wanted term and value which we weren't going too give him. He got that in Tampa (7 years, $3.61M per) but has only played parts of two seasons in the 4 years he's been there.

It's the same idea as Salo, who wanted more security but as a 35+ contract we wanted to do a year at a time. He got more money in Tampa than he ever had here and we'll have to see how he holds up in the second year of his deal (and a full season).
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:26 AM

Still One of my alltime fav canucks. To sad that his career propaply ends so.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

Matty O was my favourite player for a long time, but really a 7 year deal at 3.6 million cap hit? no way the Canucks were matching that term. And he would be screwing over the Lightning if he does retire, he should just stay on LTIR a la Pronger.

Not sure why you think that, he's currently 36, and coming into the 5th year of his contract so it's not a 35+ deal. He can retire and the cap hit drops off with no penalty for Tampa.

I was unaware that that was the only term he would sign for. I thought it had more to do with Ohlund not fitting into MG's plan.

They had discussions but Ohlund wanted term and a decent cap hit as I mentioned. I don't think he expected us to give him 7 years, but certainly 3 or 4.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:37 AM

Arguably the best Dman the Canucks have ever had, when he retires he should be entered into the ring of honor right away.


Yes please!
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:40 AM

Hope he can make it back to the NHL. My little brother was on the same baseball team as Ohlund's son so I got to meet him a couple times at games(no pestering just talked with him about baseball). Incredibly nice guy, wish him the best.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:41 AM

One of my favourite players when he was with Vancouver. Sucks, he can't play right now and doesn't seem like he'll play in the future. But he deserves to be in Ring of Honour!
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

Not sure why you think that, he's currently 36, and coming into the 5th year of his contract so it's not a 35+ deal. He can retire and the cap hit drops off with no penalty for Tampa.


They had discussions but Ohlund wanted term and a decent cap hit as I mentioned. I don't think he expected us to give him 7 years, but certainly 3 or 4.

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Yep, my mistake. Too bad it came down to that.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:48 AM

I was unaware that that was the only term he would sign for. I thought it had more to do with Ohlund not fitting into MG's plan.

A d-man Like Ohlund (5 seasons ago) fits into every GM's plan at the right price ;)
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:52 AM

Not sure why you think that, he's currently 36, and coming into the 5th year of his contract so it's not a 35+ deal. He can retire and the cap hit drops off with no penalty for Tampa.

All years of existing SPCs with terms in excess of five (5) years will be accounted for and charged against a team's Cap (at full AAV) regardless of whether or where the Player is playing. In the event any such contract is traded during its term, the related Cap charge will travel with the Player, but only for the year(s) in which the Player remains active and is being paid under his NHL SPC. If, at some subsequent point in time the Player retires or ceases to play and/or receive pay under his NHL SPC, the Cap charge will automatically revert (at full AAV) to the Club that initially entered into the contract for the balance of its term.

edit: Maybe I'm interpreting this wrong?

Edited by Aladeen, 28 August 2013 - 10:56 AM.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:56 AM

He was absolutely my favourite player back in the day. He did everything. Everything.

He would have had an even better career as a Canuck if not for the eye injury. He was only ever 90% after that.
Arguably the best overall d-man the Canucks have ever had. I can't think of a better one. Hammer is close but lacks Ohlund's intimidation.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:46 AM

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He was absolutely my favourite player back in the day. He did everything. Everything. <br />
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He would have had an even better career as a pCanuck if not for the eye injury. He was only ever 90% after that. <br />
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