He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, where the femur heads lose blood supply and begin collapsing (incidentally this is something I was diagnosed with and am currently recovering from surgery from). He had a different surgery than me though, I believe his was a vascularized fibular graft. Essentially they drilled a few holes into his femur head, and clipped off a part of his fibula from his shin and inserted it into the femur head, and connected the blood supply from the graft to the local vessels. Recovery is supposed to be a *****, but for me personally its exciting to see him on the ice (even if he was a goon), especially for him to be a goalie and have to have hip joints in excellent shape. I hope he makes his way back to the NHL.
That's not new, though. He was diagnosed about 5 years ago. He did comeback with the Ducks and the Blackhawks and he was nominated for the Masterton trophy about 4 years ago. He was great for the Ducks and Blackhawks, but he wasn't for the Flyers (where goalies go to kill their careers). He is 33 so I doubt he'll make a second comeback. His story is inspiring anyway.
He does seem to be a jerk. I remember when he was in Ottawa there was a bunch of stories about him being a problem. He fought teammate Brian McGratton (no need for pictures GMRwings) in practice and I think Chris Neil too in another incident. There were other controversies that I forget the specifics of, but they lead to them buying out his contract and he went to the KHL since no one wanted to sign him due to his reputation. Then he had an incident in the KHL where he fought his team's trainer after the guy put a hat on his head after he was pulled.
And, yes, the Holtby incident was classless.
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