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Capitals’ Connor Brown Undergoes ACL Surgery, Return Unlikely



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As the Washington Capitals work through numerous injuries, the team got worse news on Connor Brown on Tuesday.

The Capitals announced that Brown underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He will miss 6-8 months, meaning he will likely be out for the season.

Brown suffered the injury in an Oct. 17 game against the Vancouver Canucks. He took a hard hit from Noah Juulsen along the benches and fell awkwardly. Brown grabbed his knee and skated off without putting any weight on that leg.

The 28-year-old was acquired in July from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. He played just four games in D.C, going scoreless. Prior to his injury, he was skating on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and also played a bit with Dylan Strome.

Brown will become a UFA at the end of the 2022-23 campaign and has a cap hit of $3.5 million.

It is devastating for Washington, who is without Nicklas Backstrom (hip resurfacing surgery), T.J. Oshie (lower-body injury), Tom Wilson (ACL surgery) and Carl Hagelin (hip surgery). John Carlson is also day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

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