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Andy Sutton may have already played his last NHL game

Oct 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Andy Sutton, Derick Brassard AP

While many players are using the downtime of the lockout to further rehabilitate injuries, Andy Sutton is wondering if he’s already played his final NHL game.

Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal hears from the Oilers’ defenseman about how he injured his knee this summer and will have his 12th career surgery done to fix it. Sutton’s prospects for the future aren’t too bright.

“I had trained so hard and was in such good shape,” said Sutton. “But this is another thing I have to deal with. I may have played my last game last year and not even known it.”

He’ll get the operation done within the next month and then spend six weeks rehabbing the knee. Without knowing when or if the lockout will be done in time to start the season, Sutton isn’t sure if he’ll get to play again.

Sutton admitted he was set to retire last season but enjoyed his time in Edmonton so much he wanted to go for another year. Now he’s stuck with a bum knee. Too bad he’s not an expert at labor negotiations to help guarantee he’ll get to finish his career the way he wants to.

  1. sal1117 - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Glad we got to me him during his years with The Atlanta Thrashers !!!!! And Very sorry they moved to a Minor League town, with a Minor league arena, with Minor league fans… They need to be BACK IN ATLANTA !!!!!!!!

  2. fortwaynekomets - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Georgia should he thankful they have the Gwinnett Gladiators.

    You guys didn’t support hockey TWICE. Atlanta Flames and Thrashers had tons of potential but the fans didn’t dig it.

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