Friday, February 6, 2009

Johnny to Have Hip Surgery

Capitals backup goalie Brent Johnson confirmed last night he will undergo hip surgery to resolve the problems he's dealt with all season, maybe as soon as early next week. He said the doctors won't be sure how extensive the procedure and recovery will be until they operate, but he expects to be out a minimum of a month and possibly ten weeks or longer.

While Johnny recuperates, Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth will be called up from Hershey to fill in. General Manager George McPhee has indicated the Caps are not looking for anyone outside the Caps system to replace Johnny. Varlamov is out right now himself with a knee injury, but is expected to return soon. Neuvirth suited up on Thursday for the Kings game, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. He may even get a start sometime next weekend when the Caps have back-to-back games in Florida against the Lightning and the Panthers.

Best wishes for a successful procedure and speedy recovery, Johnny!

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