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Mattias Ohlund | Defenseman | #98

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (42) / 9/9/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 233
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 1 (13) / VAN

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The Vancouver Canucks will induct Mattias Ohlund to their Ring of Honor.
Check out the link below for their promo video in which President and former teammate Trevor Linden had this to say about Ohlund, "We talk about what a Canuck is. Mattias embodies that. Humble, hardworking, tough, caring, and selfless. He was a warrior." Powerful words for the 11-year Canuck who posted 93 goals and 325 points along with 756 PIMs during his time in Vancouver. Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:43:00 PM

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Mattias Ohlund (knees) has been placed on Tampa Bay's long-term injured reserve list.

He carries a salary cap hit of $3.607 million and is signed for the next three seasons, but there has been plenty of talk that his career might be over. Ohlund, who had surgery on both of his knees, hasn't played since May 27, 2011.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 08:23:00 AM

According to Swedish newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren, Mattias Ohlund is considering calling it a career.

He said there is "no need to make any final decision" yet, but he hasn't played in two seasons and he may have to " ... realize that the conditions to play again becomes less and less." Ohlund hasn't played since May 27, 2011 due to injured knees.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Tampa Bay would still be on the hook for a $1.357 million cap hit through Mattias Ohlund's contract 2015-16 finish if he chose to retire this summer.

According to, Ohlund's deal provided the Lightning with $4.071 million in "cap relief," which is the amount during the years he played in which his salary was greater than his cap hit. He admitted that his chances of "playing again are very minor" and he hasn't played since 2011. Ohlund cannot be bought out by Tampa because of his injured knees.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Mattias Ohlund (knee) still isn't close to being able to resume his NHL career.

Ohlund hasn't played in an NHL game since May 27, 2011. He's signed through 2015-16, but at this point retirement seems likely for the 36-year-old. "I've thought about (the next step) quite a bit, but it clearly involves more people than me," Ohlund said. "I've spoke to Steve (Yzerman) quite a bit about what the end result will be. For a long period of time I've been trying to get better and better, but clearly the longer you don't play, the likelihood of playing again gets smaller and smaller each day, especially at my age. I don't know long term what my situation will be, but I'm sure it will be figured out shortly."
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Mattias Ohlund hasn't laced up his skates since November 2011 because of his surgically-repaired knees and his career may be over.

He said he is "not close to working out or even skating" and his recovery has not gone the way he hoped or expected. "Clearly I have to be realistic. I haven't played for a year and a half," he said. "Nobody has told me it's impossible to ever play again but, clearly, the longer it goes the chances of that are getting tougher and tougher. ... Clearly, you have to be realistic that the chances are not great." Ohlund is still owed $11.75 million on his contract that runs through 2015-16 and since he is injured he doesn't qualify to be bought out by the team. He's expected to talk with GM Steve Yzerman at some point this season about his future.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Mattias Ohlund continues rehabilitation on his surgically-repaired knee but is not even close to returning to the ice.

The veteran defenseman had major knee surgery 10 months ago and at the age of 35 his NHL career is in doubt. We wish Ohlund the best of luck in his recovery. There is no guarantee we will ever see him in an NHL uniform again, however.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 11:57:00 AM

Mattias Ohlund (knee) is feeling better, but a return to the NHL is still a ways away.

The 35-year-old defenseman had major knee surgery six months ago "in which a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap." He missed all of last season. Ohland says day-to-day activities are no longer a pain, but there's no timetable and no certainty that he'll ever be able to return. "Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do," Ohlund said. "I'm slowly getting better. But I don't know what the end result will be. ... Have I thought about not being able to play? Absolutely. But at this point my focus is to get better tomorrow and the next day. I can see improvements. I'm not sure where it will take me but I'm quite positive about how I feel compared to a couple of months ago."
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Erik Erlendsson wasn't very optimistic about Mattias Ohlund's knee being strong enough for him to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.

Erlendsson responded to a question about his return by saying, "Wouldn't count on it and I don't think the Lightning are either." Ohlund missed all of the 2011-12 season with that knee problem. The Swedish blueliner has a whopping four years remaining on an albatross of a deal, so this might be a pattern during the next few off-seasons.
Sun, Jun 24, 2012 04:22:00 PM

Mattias Ohlund isn't sure if he can bounce back from the major knee surgery he underwent in February.

"I want to give myself another chance to play and I’m hoping that’s going to happen, but who knows?" Ohlund said. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knees last summer before undergoing the more recent procedure. As a result, he didn't play at all in 2011-12. He'll turn 36 in September, but he's signed through the 2015-16 campaign.
Fri, May 11, 2012 04:14:00 PM

Mattias Ohlund will undergo major surgery on his left knee Thursday.

The procedure will use a thin layer of titanium to resurface the bottom of the femur behind his kneecap to prevent the bone-on-bone rubbing at the patellofemoral joint that the veteran defenseman has been experiencing. Ohlund underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees during the off-season and while his right knee has recovered, his left has continued to be an issue. He isn't expected to return this year and his career could be in jeopardy as well, but the 35-year-old defender said he is "determined to come back as soon as possible."
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 08:33:00 AM

Mattias Ohlund (knee) shouldn't be counted on to return before the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Ohlund hasn't played this season and there isn't even a timetable for him to resume skating. He's trying to recover after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knees during the off-season.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 11:38:00 AM

Mattias Ohlund (knee) continues to work out off the ice but his return to action this season is uncertain.

There has been no real progress in Ohlund's recovery from surgery on both his knees. "Nothing has changed. We are still rehabbing and trying to get better,'' Ohlund said. "It is obviously going slower than everybody was hoping, but it is what it is. We are still trying to figure something out about the rehab and find the right solution.''We don't have high hopes for Ohlund for the balance of this campaign.
Wed, Jan 4, 2012 12:13:00 PM

Mattias Ohlund (knee) might not return this season.

Ohlund hasn't played yet this season and he hasn't even skated in roughly a month. "It just hurts him a lot more than what he would have expected or the doctors would have expected," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. "It's … difficult to manage because you can't do much more than what's been done. It's pain tolerance. It's a question of mobility. It's a question of can he skate at the level in the NHL he needs to follow."
Fri, Dec 16, 2011 01:00:00 PM

Mattias Ohlund has suffered a setback in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on both knees.

"He's having some discomfort," GM Steve Yzerman said, "so we're going to back off a little bit and re-evaluate and look at other ways that he can get back to training." Ohlund resumed skating by himself in mid-November and worked his way back to a couple of morning skates, but he will stay off the ice for awhile and rehab again for the time being. There's no timetable for his season debut.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 09:03:00 AM

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