After weeks of speculation, the Vegas Golden Knights confirmed that forward Mark Stone underwent back surgery on Thursday morning.
Surgery had been one of many options on the table for the 30-year-old Stone, though at the very end of the regular season he said he wanted to take some time before making his decision. While back surgery can often be tricky, the Golden Knights confirmed that the operation was a success, and he is expected to be good to go for the 2022-23 campaign.
“Mark Stone underwent a successful lumbar discectomy with Dr. Robert Watkins, IV at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital,” the Golden Knights official team account tweeted. “He is expected to be ready to play for the regular season.”
This past season was a frustrating one for Stone, as it was for many individuals on the Golden Knights. Hampered by a back issue all season long, he was able to play in just 37 games. Despite not looking like he was ever at 100%, however, he still managed to record a solid nine goals and 30 points.
With the Golden Knights missing the playoffs this season, the organization has already made one big decision in the firing of Pete DeBoer. While Mark Stone is expected to be back after his surgery, there are plenty more changes that could happen with this team personnel-wise before the start of the 2022-23 campaign.
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