The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forward Travis Boyd to their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears on Monday.
Coach Reirden confirmed the re-assignment after the teams morning skate at MedStar. The move was made in order to officially add Richard Panik back to the roster for tonight’s game versus Arizona.
Reirden confirms Boyd will be sent to Hershey
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Boyd has registered four points in six games played since being recalled from Hershey. His last assist was the primary assist to Jonas Siegenthaler’s first career NHL goal.
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The move was not entirely expected, as Boyd is currently 9th on the team in points/game average. Chandler Stephenson is 17th, but a much valued asset on the penalty kill. Richard Panik is 21st.
However, since Boyd has already cleared waivers this season, he did not need to clear again, in order to be re-assigned to Hershey, therefore, it was the Capitals least resistant move to make.
Bottom line after moves. #ALLCAPS would have Fehervary and Boyd on roster if they could afford it, but they can’t. Roster now down to 19 (13 forwards, 6 defenseman)
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) November 11, 2019
The Capitals have significant money invested in Panik, ($2.75 million for four years), so they need to begin seeing dividends from Panik as soon as possible.
FROM THE CAPITALS MEDIA RELEASE
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 Jon Sorensen