Capitals Finalize the Opening Night Roster

October is here and the season starts Thursday night in Ottawa. After winning their final preseason game on Sunday in dramatic fashion against the Blues, Barry Trotz and his coaching staff had to decide who was ultimately going to make the team. 

As the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday came and went, we learned from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post that defensemen Madison Bowey wasn’t on the team’s roster. In addition, we learned the Capitals were negotiating with Alex Chiasson to sign a deal.

Alex Chiasson signed a one-year deal on Wednesday morning. Chandler Stephenson was placed on waivers.



Due to a controversial boarding hit during Sunday’s preseason finale at St. Louis, Tom Wilson will begin the season with a four-game suspension.

For what it’s worth (comparison), here are the lineups from opening night of last season, and the Capitals lineup for the final game of the 2016-2017 season.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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