With Christian Djoos Close To Return, What Should the Capitals Do? (Readers’ Poll)


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For the past few months, the Capitals’ defensive corps has remained largely the same, with only the return of veteran Brooks Orpik from and loss of young rearguard Christian Djoos to injury, as well as the insertion of rookie Jonas Siegenthaler into the fold as the main changes to the group. However, with Djoos practicing this morning in a non-contact sweater and appearing close to a return to the lineup, the team will have to make a decision as to what direction they should go once the young Swede is ready for game action. 

Djoos has been out of the lineup since before the start of the new year after undergoing surgery on his thigh for an injury suffered in a December 11 game against the Detroit Red Wings. The former seventh-round pick has played in 28 games this season, recording four assists with a plus-6 rating while averaging 13:13 of ice time in his second season in the NHL. However, with an impending return likely coming in the near future, the Caps will have to make a decision to make space for him. And while that may sound clear cut and dry, it’s not exactly so.

Since being recalled, Siegenthaler has played exceptionally well, recording four assists while averaging 14:13 minutes of ice time a night for Head Coach Todd Reirden, playing primarily on a third-pairing with Orpik. In just 20 games played, Siegenthaler has blocked 36 shots and has been on the ice for 12 Goals For to just five Goals Against. This level of play will make the decision even harder on General Manager Brian MacLellan. The Capitals have a number of potential decisions they could make upon Djoos’ return to the lineup. But instead of speculating, NoVa Caps is asking the readers what they believe the Caps should do?

Should the Capitals return Siegenthaler, the only defenseman who is waivers-exempt, to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, trade or wave a player, or should they do something else? Respond in the poll below:

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to With Christian Djoos Close To Return, What Should the Capitals Do? (Readers’ Poll)

  1. Max Dynin says:

    “waive”, not “wave”. Other than that, I really don’t know 😦

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