The Capitals submitted a 23-man roster as required by the NHL at Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline and Madison Bowey and Alex Chiasson were not on it.
Heading into Tuesday, the Capitals' roster officially had 24 players. Forward Chiasson was not considered officially part of the roster as he was with the team on a professional tryout and not under contract. That means the team still had to cut one player from its roster.
The waiver deadline came and went on Tuesday and the team stood pat, signaling that they would have to move a player who is waiver exempt in order to get to the required 23. Bowey was that player.
Here is the 23-man roster the team submitted:
Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Tyler Graovac, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilson
Defensemen: John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Christian Djoos, Aaron Ness, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik
Goalies: Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby
But Tuesday's roster does not signal Bowey will not be in the lineup for Thursday's opener in Ottawa.
Barry Trotz was asked earlier on Tuesday if whoever the Caps moved before the roster deadline could still play in the first one or two games of the season.
"Yeah, absolutely," he said. "It's very possible."
A team official further clarified after the deadline had passed that the roster submitted will not necessarily be the roster for Thursday's game.
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Why the uncertainty so close to the season?
First, we do not yet know if Wilson is going to be suspended for his hit Sunday on Sammy Blais. Depending on how long that suspension is, it may determine whether the team wants to initially carry a 14th forward to start the season. Second, general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters on Tuesday that he was working on a contract with Chiasson. Should the team sign him, that adds one more player to the roster meaning another player would have to go.
In short, the Capitals do have a 23-man roster, but it is still too early to tell what their roster for Thursday's opener will be.