"Goaltender Olie Kolzig went down with what appeared to be a groin injury during today's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. But I can safely say that it didn't look good.
The veteran screamed as he slid from side to side while trying to stop a 2 on 1 early in the session. He stayed down for about a minute as teammates and training staff came to his side. He eventually skated off on his own, but was clearly hurt.
Kolzig left the facility walking with an obvious limp and without commenting to reporters, saying he was headed to the doctor."
This is bad, folks. Real bad. Kolzig has been a rock for the Caps this season, keeping them competitive in games they had no business staying close in. Losing Kolzig for any extended period of time would absolutely kill this team. Let's just hope this isn't a tear, as Kolzig isn't a spring chicken anymore and groin injuries tend to stick with goaltenders long after they are initially felt. A long term injury (any more than just the end of this season) at Kolzig's age (37) is potentially a career ender, and would scuttle any chance the Caps have at making a serious playoff run in the next couple of years.
Keep your fingers crossed, Caps fans.
Monday, February 12, 2007