Golden Knights captain expected to undergo back surgery

Mark Stone spent the majority of the season engaged in a frustrating search for how best to treat his back injury.

Now more than two weeks into the offseason, it appears the Golden Knights captain has settled on surgery.

Stone likely will undergo a procedure this week after meeting with several doctors, general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Monday. Should he opt for surgery, Stone is expected to be ready for training camp in September.

“Again, that’s not 100 percent for certain (Stone will have surgery), but it’s certainly the most likely outcome at this time,” McCrimmon said. “The reason I bring it up unsolicited is I think it’s great news. I was hoping that that would be what the solution might look like.”

Stone battled the back injury during the 2021 postseason and wasn’t at 100 percent when training camp opened in October, either.

He departed midway through the second game Oct. 14 at Los Angeles with a noncontact injury and was sidelined for the next month. The Knights held him out of back-to-back games in December and January to preserve his back, and Stone participated in his first All-Star Game in February at T-Mobile Arena.

But Stone’s back acted up again following the Knights’ win Feb. 8 at Edmonton in the first game after the All-Star break. He spent two months on long-term injured reserve and returned April 12 in the heat of the playoff chase, but never looked…

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