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.
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).