The Washington Capitals reportedly sent defenseman Tyler Lewington to the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Sunday, according to the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno. The move clears cap space to accommodate forward Richard Panik, who is eligible to be activated off of injured reserve and play in the Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). Panik left the second period of the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 16 with an upper-body injury after colliding with defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler.
Capitals put defenseman Tyler Lewington on waivers. Perhaps a step toward activating Richard Panik off LTIR.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) November 10, 2019
Lewington, 24, was mostly a healthy scratch during his stint with the NHL club as he has played only five games this season, including none since October 16. He posted just a -2 rating and 17 penalty minutes.
Sending Lewington down saves the Capitals $675,000 against the NHL salary cap but they will have to find away to move $2 million more to accommodate Panik.
Lewington has not played an AHL game this season after posting three goals, 15 points, a +7 rating, and 121 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Bears last season. He added a goal, two points, and a +3 rating in two games with the Capitals.
The Capitals selected Lewington in the seventh-round of the 2013 NHL Draft.
By Harrison Brown