The Los Angeles Kings announced earlier today that forward Jeff Carter went through a successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
The Kings made the announcement on their Twitter account:
Jeff Carter underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair a core muscle injury.
He will begin his rehabilitation process and is expected to be fully recovered for next season. https://t.co/YrZM49y6Yk
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 9, 2020
Carter, a fan favorite among Kings fans, is expected to make a full recovery and will be ready for the 2020-2021 NHL Season.
If you remember, Carter was hurt in a game on February 18 against the Winnipeg Jets and missed a total of 10 games of the shortened 2020 season.
Carter, 35, is coming off his lowest production year with just 17 goals and 10 assists in 60 games. Well, not the greatest stats in his 16-year career, but doesn’t look too promising.
So even after rehabilitation, many fans are questioning if Carter’s body will even be capable of playing at the NHL level at 35 years old. Carter still has another 2 years on his contract with a value of $5.272. Would it make sense for the Kings to just release him? Eh, they’d be in the hole for $2.667 owed to him if they decide to cut him loose. A trade wouldn’t make much more sense due to his production numbers and sadly his age.
Could this be the end of the road for Jeff Carter? Only time will tell.