Craig Laughlin Undergoes Successful Hip Replacement Surgery

Alan May visits Locker in the hospital after his first hip surgery. (Photo credit: @Laughlin18)

After spending a relaxing week in Waterloo, Ontario with his 90-year-old mother, former Capital and current CSN color analyst Craig Laughlin returned home to have hip replacement surgery Wednesday. If you recall, Locker had his other hip replaced earlier this year in May, missing Game Five of the Capitals playoff series against the New York Rangers. However, Locker remained with the team in spirit that night. In one of the more inspiring moments of the playoffs, the affable Canadian tweeted out a picture of himself watching the game on his iPad, a retro Capitals jersey neatly draped over his body. Aww.

Before his surgery today, Locker showed off his trademark humor, bragging that he was “getting the Ferrari of new hips.” After he got out of the operating room, Locker tweeted out another update, letting us know everything went well.

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As the chances of a new NHL season starting on time seem to evaporate, the KHL punctually kicked off its season on Tuesday, featuring a rematch of last season’s Gagarin Cup finalists Dynamo and Avangard.  Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who recently signed a two year deal re-upping with his hometown KHL team Traktor, also sat down with Sport-Express correspondent Yuriy Golyshak for an extensive interview ahead of Traktor’s season opener on Thursday. While according to the article Kuznetsov has a reputation for agreeing to meet a reporter and then turning off his cell phone and not showing up, this time Kuzya was apparently happy to talk.

In the interview, Kuznetsov explains his reasoning for staying in the KHL for another two seasons and the “game” he made out of his waffling on the subject. He also reveals that he was hurt when the Capitals didn’t invite him to Development Camp this season and that he would have attended had they called.

Below, Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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