- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Eric Fehr had surgery Saturday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, and it’s not immediately known if the Capitals right wing will be ready to start training camp.

“It’ll be close because this is the second surgery,” Fehr told The Washington Times on Tuesday. “Because it’s my second, I have to be more careful.”

Fehr, who once was considered one of the top prospects in hockey, has seemingly been dogged by shoulder problems his whole career. He had surgery on both shoulders in the summer of 2009, including one to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

This shoulder injury occurred Jan. 14 against Vancouver in a collision with then-teammate David Steckel. Fehr missed 22 games but was bothered by it even after returning. The reason Fehr didn’t play in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning was not because of his failed clear in Game 3 but rather because “my shoulder wasn’t strong enough,” he said.

Fehr said the shoulder was an issue all spring, but the 25-year-old forward said, “I don’t want to blame anything on that.”