Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kozlov hurt and Johnny under the knife?

Per Tarik

Viktor Kozlov did not return for the start of the second period. I have inquired about his status and will provide an update when I hear something,

Also, I caught up with GM George McPhee between periods and he said that Brent Johnson could need surgery on his hip. At this point, it's up to Johnson whether he will continue to play through the injury.

Update: A team official said the injury to Kozlov is a groin tweak. He may return.

Get your speculation hats on! With a few weeks before the trade deadline, the Capitals could once again be trading for a goaltender at the deadline. Depending on the severity of Johnson's injury and possible surgery, the Capitals may need to find a back up for Theo, an experienced one that is.

We'll reserve our speculation on whether Johnson is actually going to get surgery, although I have a hard time believing Johnson will want to sit out the playoffs after he was forced to last season.

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