Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky won’t be accompanying the team to California, after all.
A day after saying that he might travel and resume practicing with his teammates this week, Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that he has decided it would be best for Burakovsky to stay in Washington and work with the Capitals’ training staff.
“We only have one practice and one morning skate in five days, so I think it’s more beneficial for him to be here with” strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, Trotz said.
Burakovsky suffered a broken hand on Feb. 9 and has been sidelined since. The 22-year-old has missed the past 10 games and will have missed 13 contests by the time the Caps return from the West Coast.
The Caps leave Wednesday for a five-day trip that makes stops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Trotz went out of his way to say that the decision to leave Burakovsky behind was not related to a lack of progress.
“He’s on [a] perfect timeframe,” he said. “There’s no setbacks or anything. He’s actually doing quite well.”
With Burakovsky staying behind, the Caps are only taking 12 forwards on the trip. Extra defenseman Nate Schmidt could fill in at forward if needed, Trotz said.
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