The Washington Capitals took a much deserved day off today, concluding a busy week for the team. The boys will be back at it tomorrow (Sunday) at Kettler, to continue training camp workouts, and to prepare for their next pre-season game on Monday against the Islanders. (See schedule below for practice times). The season starts two weeks from tonight!
Friday was the first day teams could waive players in training camp. Dan Ellis, Mike Moore and Garrett Mitchell were placed on waivers, and will likely end up in Hershey should they clear the waivers process. [Update] All three players cleared waivers on Saturday and will report to Hershey.
Jonas Siegenthaler and Connor Hobbs were also released. The current training camp roster sits at 39 players. The Capitals will have to be down to 23 by October 6th.
News and Notes
Trotz said Marcus Johansson is still on track to play in the next preseason game (Monday in Brooklyn against the Islanders). Johansson Skated on Friday.
The Capitals have been working hard on their 3-on-3 overtime lines all week, in practice and in games. A look at the three Capitals games that had 3-on-3 overtime play can be read here. A training camp progress report can be found here.
Trotz said Braden Holtby will play the last two preseason games in full.
Happy 35th birthday to Brooks Orpik!
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Andre Burakovsky still adjusting to being back at center (WaPo)
Capitals trying to be more defensive in three-on-three OT (WaPo)
Hobbs back with Pats after strong NHL camp (Global News)
Can Alex Ovechkin finally ignite T.J. Oshie’s offense with Capitals? (Yahoo)
Forward Derek Roy is making himself at home on a team he hopes to join (WaPo)
Backup goaltender battle between Peters, Grubauer plays out in Boston (WaPo)
Back with the Capitals again, Chris Bourque still chasing ‘the ultimate goal’ (WaPo)
New Capital Justin Williams: ‘I’m not a savior by any means of the word’ (WaPo)
Capitals-Bruins pregame notes: Johansson sidelined with minor injury, cuts coming (WaPo)
What the Capitals learned from their first three-on-three OT experience (WaPo)
Postgame notes: Wilson, Roy find the net in Capitals’ preseason opener (WaPo)
In scrimmages and preseason games, Capitals testing lines and pairs (WaPo)
Andre Burakovsky to start at center (WaPo)
MacLellan, Trotz: Third-line center, depth defense among camp battles to watch (WaPo)
Nicklas Backstrom on playing in season opener: ‘I don’t know.’ (WaPo)
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