The official end of Mattias Ohlund's career appears near.


After two knee operations in the past 18 months and hundreds of hours spent doing rehab and workouts, the 36-year-old said he is no closer to being able to get back on skates to resume his career.


The most logical step would be to hang up the skates and announce his retirement. Though he did not say that was his next step, it is a subject that has come up many times in different conversations.


“I've thought about (the next step) quite a bit, but it clearly involves more people than me,” Ohlund said Sunday. “I've spoke to Steve (Yzerman) quite a bit about what the end result will be. For a long period of time I've been trying to get better and better, but clearly the longer you don't play, the likelihood of playing again gets smaller and smaller each day, especially at my age. I don't know long term what my situation will be, but I'm sure it will be figured out shortly.''


In the meantime, Ohlund has been on the road with the team for the past three games to serve as an additional set of eyes to help the coaching staff — which he did at one point last season — something new head coach Jon Cooper asked about shortly after taking over last week.


“I'm a big believer in you surround yourself with as many good people as possible and good things will happen,'' Cooper said. “The respect he garners and the knowledge he has, even though he's not going to play for the rest of the year, he's too much of a wealth of knowledge and been in the trenches for too long, and I would be remiss if I didn't try to tap into that.''