Monday, February 2, 2009

Is Lang's career over?

The Canadiens just announced that Robert Lang's surgery Sunday night to repair a severed Achilles tendon was successful, and that he's out indefinitely.

Of course, indefinitely takes on a whole new meaning in his case.

At 38 years old, it is highly doubtful he'll be able or willing to undergo the lengthy process of rehabbing such a severe injury. Kyle Chipchura had the same thing happen to him, and he hasn't been the same player since.

It would be an unfortunate end to what has been (or was?) a pretty solid career for someone who established himself in the NHL so late at age 27. If indeed Lang played his final NHL game Sunday night, he finishes with career marks of 252 goals, 422 assists for 674 points in 925 games.

And he'll be able to say he scored in his final NHL game.


Arjun said...

Ugh. The Habs really played with fate last year by being so injury free. Just shows what a complete fluke last year was. I will miss Lang - he worked hard and I liked that he smiled so much - but I have to say this: the man could not win a faceoff to save his life.

Sliver24 said...

Man I feel sorry for him. The worst part of all this is that he'll always be remembered in those hideous uniforms.

Could they have made this helmets look any more like Maple Leaf lids? Jeez! It's not like they had to be true to the originals or anything (I'm confident they weren't wearing them back in 1911-12).

TK said...

This doesn't look good for the old guy. I guess maybe Chipchura should expect to get a call, no?

When is Tanguay looking to return? How about Big Georges?

Arpon Basu said...

Tanguay's a few weeks away and who knows WTF is up with Laraque. Not sure if Chipchura will be the guy to get the call after his unspectacular time here during his last call up, but he'd be the logical choice

Yves said...

I really feel for Lang.

This year, he was one of my favorites.

He was probably one of the most consistent of the year.... as his career was quite consistent.