On the first day of training camp, the Caps already have three players absent from practice. John Carlson and Lars Eller are both out due to lower-body injuries while newcomer Sergei Shukaov is working through the visa process.
According to a team official, both Carlson and Eller are considered day-to-day and holding them out is just a precaution.
The good news for them is that there is little on the line in training camp. Both players will be on the roster and their spots are secure. Carlson will play on the top defensive pairing alongside Michal Kempny while Eller will be the third-line center.
There is considerably more on the line for Shumakov who is making the jump from the KHL to NHL.
Shumakov is still in Moscow awaiting the finalization of his visa. He signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Caps earlier in September. Though an accomplished KHL player—he scored 17 goals and 40 points in 47 games last season—the transition to North America is not always an easy one, just ask Vadim Shipachyov.
With very few spots open in the lineup, Shumakov will need all the time he can get to not just adjust to the North American game, but also to impress the coaching staff and prove he should stick around on the NHL roster.
Shumakov’s contract is a two-way deal and waiver exempt, meaning he would only be making $70,000 in Hershey and there would be no risk of teams claiming him off waivers if he was sent down.
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