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01-15-2013, 03:25 PM
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Mattias Ohlund: Chances of playing again "are not great"

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Considering he hasn't even been on skates since November 2011 because of his bad knees, it has been assumed for a while the career of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund likely is over.

But Ohlund on Sunday admitted the surgery on his left knee that was the last best chance for him to revive his career has not produced the results for which he had hoped, and he pretty much (but not quite) acknowledged he will not play again. Even going that far was a first for the big Swede.

"I'm not close to working out or even 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 better, but I'm not close to where I want to be." (...)

As for a comeback, Ohlund, 36, said, "Clearly I have to be realistic. I haven't played for a year and a half. 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. ... Clearly, you have to be realistic that the chances are not great." (...)

It is expected Ohlund and general manager Steve Yzerman will chat at some point this season about Ohlund's future. He got a taste of post-player life last season when he as used as an eye-in-the-sky during games, but he bristled when the coaching staff referred to him as an ad-hoc assistant.
Full article: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/lightn...er-likely-over


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01-16-2013, 12:23 AM
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If he plays again, I will be SHOCKED. It just seems like he is screwed, which sucks because I loved seeing him in a Bolts uniform. Hell, I would be surprised if he even plays in any competitive hockey again (beer leagues and such).

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I'll post this now. Thanks for the memories.


and the lack of them.

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Yeah, great memories:






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01-16-2013, 09:24 AM
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Nice, clean hits. Figures he would get a penalty in the first vid though. Toronto! Typical!


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Yeah those are some nice hits.
Too bad he is most likely done.

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Nice, clean hits. Figures he would get a penalty in the first vid though. Toronto! Typical!
He got a penalty for roughing after the hit. It was to offset Matt Stajan getting a double minor for roughing Ohlund up after it and Tampa actually got a powerplay out of it as shown in the video.

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01-16-2013, 12:58 PM
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this is too bad, but we all knew his time was coming.

what a great d-man.

hope you guys enjoyed the short time you had watching him!

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Great player, too bad his time with us was so short. Can't say anything bad about his play here, either. I liked that he had one goal for us during our playoff run.

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The club have released the roster for tonight and Ohlund is on there?!

Just a simple mistake I guess.

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Wish all the best to Ohlie.

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The club have released the roster for tonight and Ohlund is on there?!

Just a simple mistake I guess.
I guess that means his contract won't get bought out (at this point).

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01-22-2013, 08:50 AM
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Cant buyout an injured player....

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Cant buyout an injured player....
Exactly, that's why he's on the roster (although on IR).

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01-22-2013, 05:41 PM
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He'll be missed. Hopefully his health off-ice gets back to 100%. A very solid career!!

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I've watched the nux since 79 and he was the best we ever had. Class act. Great player. Too bad you guys did not get to see more of him.

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Well, at least he has a GM who will certainly understand about bad knees. A shame to see his career go out like this, but he was a solid d-man. Would've liked to have seen him get a cup.

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Well, at least he has a GM who will certainly understand about bad knees. A shame to see his career go out like this, but he was a solid d-man. Would've liked to have seen him get a cup.
He's still on the team, so he still has a chance to raise the cup if we can win him one this season.

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Mattias Ohlund

Will he ever play for Tampa Bay again or what about the NHL? Is his career done due to injuries? Discuss

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His career is done.

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Not likely.

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Last I heard(back in December I think) he still had pain in his knees just from walking around.

Pretty sure he's done.

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03-21-2013, 05:33 PM
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Last I heard(back in December I think) he still had pain in his knees just from walking around.

Pretty sure he's done.
That's terrible. I hope he gets better soon, hate to hear stuff like this.

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He's done IMO

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Yes, hes done. Sad.

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