from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
The Mark Stone the Golden Knights got at the end of the year wasn’t the same as the one they had before then.
He said he “felt OK” after returning April 12 from a back injury that limited him to 37 games, but his production dipped. He wasn’t as much of the two-way force that led to his first All-Star Game appearance in February.
Stone’s offseason, while longer than he hoped, will give him plenty of time to get right physically before next season begins. The Knights’ captain is evaluating options and hasn’t ruled out getting surgery.
He said he believes he will find a solution that keeps him productive through the remaining five years of his contract and beyond.
“I’ve talked to a few players around the league that have gone through similar situations as me,” Stone said. “Some that are still playing at 37, 38 years old and were sitting on their couch at 30 thinking they were going to retire. I’m confident. Now it’s just on me to find the right advice, find the right plan and get healed so this doesn’t happen again.”