The Washington Capitals announced on Monday afternoon that they have placed defenseman Christian Djoos, forward Liam O’Brien, and forward Michael Sgarbossa on waivers with the intention of assigning them to AHL Hershey. All three will have to clear in order to be sent to Hershey. Otherwise, it means that a different NHL team has claimed them.
Forward Shane Gersich was also returned to Hershey following yesterday’s callup.
The current roster after today’s moves:
Djoos, 24, posted a goal, 10 points, and a +9 rating in 45 games during the regular season. He missed 23 games in the middle of the year due to thigh surgery. When healthy, Djoos rotated with Jonas Seigenthaler on the third defensive pair for a majority of the time before the Capitals acquired Nick Jensen from the Detroit Red Wings on February 22. He was held to just a -3 rating in three games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Djoos also played two games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears on a conditioning stint in February.
The Capitals selected Djoos with the 195th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 108 career NHL games (all with the Capitals), Djoos has recorded four goals, 24 points, and a +22 rating.
Djoos recorded an assist and a +5 rating in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2018.
He was awarded a one-year, $1.25 million contract by a neutral arbitrator on July 24.
This almost certainly means that Seigenthaler will start the season in the Capitals’ opening night lineup.
The fact that O’Brien and Sgarbossa were waived should not be a surprise as they are on two-way contracts.
The Capitals must turn in their 23-man roster for Wednesday night’s season opener at the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues (8 PM ET, NBCSN) by 5 PM ET on Tuesday. They currently meet that requirement but are $1.5 million over the NHL salary cap. They will have to resolve that soon.
By Harrison Brown