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Caps send three to AHL after 6-1 loss to Sabres

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Connor Carrick #58 of the Washington Capitals in action against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on February 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The New York Islanders won, 1-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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From the Washington Capitals:

All three of those players were in the lineup last night in Buffalo, where the Capitals got thumped 6-1 by the Sabres in preseason action.

After the game, Caps coach Barry Trotz expressed his disappointment in his team’s effort and said that there were “some guys that played themselves right out of a chance to stick with us.”

Mitchell and Wellman must clear waivers first.

From the Washington Post:

This leaves the Capitals with 20 forwards, 11 defensemen and five goaltenders, with further cuts looming as Coach Barry Trotz aims to reduce the roster first before Sunday’s preseason finale and then again by Tuesday, when at most NHL teams can have 23 on their roster. Ideally Trotz wants to carry 22 healthy players into the start of the season, one short of the NHL maximum, leaving open the possibility of having an injured Tom Wilson or Dmitry Orlov around without putting them on injured reserve.