During practice yesterday, Christian Djoos not only returned to practice but was skating with the team in a regular navy blue contact jersey. Djoos missed the last six games with an upper-body injury. With the Capitals off until Thursday night, a return to game action for the young defensemen is imminent. However the Caps had this issue: their roster was already at the 23-player max, meaning they had to make a roster move. On Tuesday afternoon, they placed Aaron Ness on waivers.
Aaron Ness (Wash) has been placed on waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 28, 2017
Ness only appeared in eight games this season, recording one assist while spending much of the season as a healthy scratch. He hasn’t seen game action since Nov. 7 at Buffalo and spent the last nine games watching from the press box.
Here’s how waivers work for those not familiar with the term: once you place someone on waivers, it gives other NHL teams 24 hours to claim him. Ness was placed on waivers at noon so we’ll know at noon on Wednesday if another team claims him. If nobody picks him up, Ness will be sent to Hershey.
Waiver Order, Nov 28:
ari buf edm fla mtl
phi ott ana det min
van dal car bos col
pit wsh nyr cgy chi
s.j l.a tor cbj nyi
n.j nsh wpg vgk stl
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) November 28, 2017
Djoos status for Thursday night is still unclear. While he partook in a full practice yesterday we’ll have to wait and see if Trotz puts him in again Wednesday morning during the team’s practice at 10:30 a.m. After the Capitals’ morning skate, we should know whether or not he’ll play that night against the Kings.
By Michael Marzzacco