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Caps' Wilson has surgery, out 6-8 months

(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson is expected to miss six to eight months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the torn ACL in his left knee.

The team announced Wednesday that Wilson had a successful ACL replacement procedure a day earlier - four weeks after injuring the knee while trying to avoid a hit in Washington's playoff opener. The long rehabilitation time frame means Wilson is on track to miss at least the first month of the season, if not more.

"My summer sucks now," Wilson said March 15 when the Capitals conducted exit interviews following their loss to Florida in the first round. "It's going to be a grind for me. I've got to start my recovery."

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