T.J. Oshie's Back Issues Cast Doubt on Future with Capitals

T.J. Oshie's Back Issues Cast Doubt on Future with Capitals

T.J. Oshie's future with the Washington Capitals hangs in the balance due to persistent back issues. The 37-year-old winger played through a broken left hand in the playoffs but acknowledged that he needs a solution to his chronic back problems before committing to another season.

Oshie's back injuries limited him to 52 games during the regular season, and he has often been unable to move when his back gives out. He expressed his desire to play next season but emphasized the need for a guarantee that his back will not be a hindrance.

General manager Brian MacLellan stated that the team will support Oshie's decision and does not have a deadline for an answer. Oshie's presence or absence would significantly impact the Capitals' offseason plans, as his $5.75 million salary space could be used to fill a major void.

Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin's pursuit of Wayne Gretzky's NHL career goal record continues. Despite a slow start to the season, Ovechkin finished with 31 goals and is now 42 away from Gretzky's mark. MacLellan hopes to add offensive support for Ovechkin through trades and free agency.

The Capitals also face questions in goal. Charlie Lindgren emerged as the No. 1 goalie, starting 48 games and outperforming his contract. He is eligible for a major raise, while Darcy Kuemper, who signed a five-year deal after winning the Cup with Colorado, is expected to bounce back next season.

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