Photo: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
The Washington Capitals took to the ice this morning for day two of their 2016 training camp. The Capitals will play their first preseason game Monday night at Verizon Center when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. Puck-drop is 7:00PM.
Those dreaded conditioning tests continue for those who failed the test yesterday. Brooks Orpik, Jonas Siegenthaler, Brett Connolly, Jakub Vrana, Garrett Pilon, Christian Thomas, Josh Pitt, Dylan Margonari and Domenic Monardo all failed their first test yesterday and were required to re-take the test this morning. All nine passed the re-test.
According to the Washington Post, re: Brooks Orpik needing to do the skate test again, Reirden said he’s not worried. Said he’s in good shape and no lingering health issues.
Coach Reirden noted that Andre Burakovsky has the inside track for replacing Jason Chimera on the second power play unit.
Members from Team USA will be back at practice starting tomorrow (Sunday). All three will not play in the first two preseason games, as per Todd Reirden.
Coach Trotz was quoted over the summer saying he would give each of his players participating in the World Cup of Hockey one travel day and two days off following their completion of the tournament. Team USA finished up on Thursday night.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt met with the media earlier on Saturday, and in typical Schmidty fashion, covered a wide range of topics. Schmidt mentioned that he has stayed in touch with former Capitals forward Jason Chimera, and that the two have been exchanging texts.
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