Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing Wednesday morning for spitting at Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson during the brawl late in the second period of the Capitals’ 5-2 win against the Ducks on Monday night.
Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing Wednesday morning for spitting on Erik Gudbranson.https://t.co/278pJGtQoH
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 19, 2019
Head coach Todd Reirden told reporters on Tuesday that the Capitals could place forwards Carl Hagelin and/or Nic Dowd on long-term injured reserve prior to their game at the New York Rangers on Wednesday (8 PM ET, NBCSN) if Hathaway is suspended in order to make room under the NHL salary cap since Hathaway’s cap hit will still count against the cap.
The situation is as yet unresolved, but WASH GM Brian MacLellan says he’s been told a suspension is possible for Garnet Hathaway
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 19, 2019
Hathaway, 27, was given a match penalty for spitting. After the game, he told reporters that the incident was accidental and expressed his sorrow.
With Hagelin and Dowd both out against the Rangers, the Capitals could be down to 11 available forwards and six defensemen if Hathaway does not play.
Hathaway has two goals, seven points, and a +2 rating in 23 games this season.
By Harrison Brown