The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that they sent defenseman Tyler Lewington to the AHL’s Hershey Bears after he cleared waivers on Monday. The move clears cap space to accommodate forward Richard Panik, who will return against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally or NBCSN nationally). 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.
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.
They also sent forward Travis Boyd down to Hershey make room for Panik under the NHL salary cap.
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.
The Capitals now have only 12 forwards (with Carl Hagelin out due to an upper-body injury) and six defensemen available to play against the Coyotes due to their salary cap constraints.
From The Caps
The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Tyler Lewington and forward Travis Boyd to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Lewington, 24, has appeared in five games with the Capitals this season. The 6’2″, 200-pound defenseman recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) and 121 penalty minutes in 65 games with Hershey in 2018-19. Lewington’s 121 penalty minutes led the team and ranked tied for ninth in the AHL. In seven career NHL games, Lewington has recorded two points (1g, 1a) and 24 penalty minutes. Lewington has appeared in 240 career AHL games, recorded 49 points (12g, 37a), 501 penalty minutes and has posted a +29 plus/minus rating. Lewington was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round, 204th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Boyd, 26, has recorded 25 points (5g, 20a) in 67 career games with the Capitals, including four assists in six games this season. Last season with Washington, the Hopkins, Minn., native’s 1.01 primary assists per 60 minutes of five-on-five play ranked second on the Capitals, behind only Evgeny Kuznetsov (1.15). This season, the 6’0″, 190-pound forward has recorded six points (4g, 2a) in three games with Hershey. Boyd was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 13. Boyd was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.
By Harrison Brown