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Caps' recall could cause fireworks vs. Sabres

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Caps' recall could cause fireworks vs. Sabres

In a move that could spark some fireworks on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, the Capitals announced they have recalled hard-hitting, glove-dropping forward Zach Sill from the AHL Hershey Bears.

Sill, 27, has registered one goal, three assists and 96 penalty minutes in 83 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Signed by the Caps as a free agent on July 16, Sill has two goals, seven assists and 30 penalty minutes in 30 games with Hershey this season. In 307 AHL games with Hershey and Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Sill has 35 goals, 47 assists and 345 penalty minutes.

If Sill is in the lineup Wednesday night against the Sabres, it could get interesting.

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In the second period of Monday night’s game between the Sabres and Caps, Buffalo forward Nicolas Deslauriers bloodied Caps right wing Justin Williams with a stick to the face, then fought Michael Latta, who suffered an arm injury in the fight.

Deslauriers emphatically celebrated his win over Latta and within two minutes the Capitals scored to make it 2-0. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he was not happy with Deslauriers’ reaction, while Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said it gave his team energy.

Sill served as an alternate captain for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2013-14 and helped lead the team to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. In 2010-11, Sill recorded AHL career highs in games played (80), goals (11), assists (19), points (30) and plus/minus (plus-16).

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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