As the Capitals begin to gather in Washington for the return of the season, it appears a couple of reinforcements are headed back as well. Martin Fehervary posted a story on Instagram Monday showing him and goalie Vitek Vanecek on a plane with the caption "Back to Washington."
While Fehervary had not previously been specifically mentioned by either general manager Brian MacLellan or head coach Todd Reriden as an addition, it was assumed he would be among the players recalled as he is essentially the No. 8 defenseman in the organization. MacLellan even mentioned him at the trade deadline when he said he felt the defense was set after the acquisition of Brenden Dillon.
Goalie Pheonix Copley confirmed in an end-of-season video conference for the Hershey Bears that he would be heading to Washington giving the team three goalies. Acknowledging the uncertainty of the postseason, however, the NHL stipulated a team could bring an unlimited number of goalies to the hub city. Reirden also noted several times in a video conference on Monday having to manage four goalies, so it is no surprise to see Vanecek return to Washington as well in preparation of the postseason.
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Monday's Instagram post is not a confirmation that Fehervary and Vanecek will be black aces, but it is reasonable to assume that they will be at this point. It seems doubtful they would both head to Washington just for a vacation in the middle of a pandemic. If projecting out a roster for the hub city, it now appears the Caps will have four goalies, Fehervary and Beck Malenstyn who also confirmed he was a black ace during Hershey's end of season video conference. The team is also considering bringing 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael.
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