The Capitals made another round of cuts on Tuesday afternoon, reassigning three players to Hershey, waiving two more and releasing another.
Forward Riley Barber, defenseman Colby Williams and goalie Parker Milner were sent to the Bears, while forwards Liam O’Brien and Zach Sill were place on waivers with the intention of sending them to Hershey.
Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, who was signed to a tryout agreement earlier this month, was released from his PTO.
None of the moves were surprising given the lines and pairs in practice the past couple of days.
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Here’s what the roster looks like now:
The Caps host New Jersey on Wednesday, then close out the exhibition slate with games at Carolina on Friday and at St. Louis on Sunday.
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Tyler Graovac is week-to-week with an upper body that he suffered against Toronto on Tuesday night, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said.
Trotz was not more specific but it appeared as though the checking line forward was favoring his left shoulder. Graovac does not have a point in three games.
“Seven days, then asked me that question again,” said Trotz, pressed on how long he expects to be without Graovac.
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What does the loss of Graovac—for a while, anyway—mean for the Caps?
Well, it means Barry Trotz has fewer options to turn to as he searches for the right mix of forwards. He'll also be without one of his more versatile players; Graovac has played a couple of games at wing, though he replaced an ill Lars Eller at center against the Leafs.
The team does not, however, have to make a roster move to replace Graovac. Even with the 24-year-old out, the Caps have 13 forwards available for their trip to Detroit, where they face the Red Wings on Friday night.
Based on Thursday’s practice, it appears Alex Chiasson will draw back into the lineup and Nathan Walker will come out.
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How much better would your work environment be if you had a chance to pin a coworker or get them in a chokehold? Probably a lot. That's what the Caps are banking on.
The team visited the FBI Academy on Wednesday in a team building exercise that included raming doors and, of course, hand to hand combat.
Let's break down some of these wrestling matchups.
Braden Holtby appears to be thanking John Carlson for playing 27:33 on Tuesday.
It seems dangerous to pit a goalie against a defenseman. Carlson spends all of his time on the ice trying to protect Holtby. Just how hard was Carlson really trying to take down Holtby?
It's no surprise seeing Tom Wilson enjoying himself with the hand to hand combat. Whoever went up against him (it looks like Jay Beagle) certainly drew the short straw.
And then there's this.
Nicklas Backstrom is having way, way too much fun. Maybe Andre Burakovsky was getting a bit chesty in the locker room after his first NHL fight. Well, it seems Backstrom certainly put him in his place.