The Washington Capitals placed nine players, including forward Shane Gersich and Michael Sgarbossa in addition to defenseman Lucas Johansen and goaltender Pheonix Copley, on waivers on Monday as they prepare to submit their final 23-man and four-to-six player taxi squad roster by the 5 PM ET deadline on Tuesday.
Forwards Daniel Carr and Philippe Maillet; defensemen Paul LaDue and Cam Schilling; and goaltender Zach Fucale were the other five players placed on waivers.
#Caps have waived the following players: Carr, Fucale, Gersich, Johansen, LaDue, Schilling, Sgarbossa, Maillet and Copley. They’ll know at noon on Tuesday whether thos players have cleared or not; some players could find their way to the Caps’ taxi squad if they do clear.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) January 11, 2021
The Capitals signed LaDue, Carr, and Schilling as unrestricted free agents this past offseason.
Since Copley was placed on waivers, the Capitals could be working on a contract with 39-year-old goaltender Craig Anderson who was signed to a PTO for training camp. Every team will be required to carry at least three goalies this season. Though, neither Anderson nor defenseman Martin Fehervary skated with the team’s starters on Monday.
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) January 11, 2021
Defenseman Luca Sbisa (Winnipeg Jets), defenseman Oliver Kylington (Calgary Flames), defenseman Luke Schenn (Tampa Bay Lightning), center Tyler Johnson (Lightning), defenseman Sam Morin (Philadelphia Flyers), forward Corey Perry (Montreal Canadiens), forward Michael Frolik (Canadiens), forward Loui Eriksson (Vancouver Canucks), forward Sven Baertschi (Canucks), and center Jujhar Khiara (Edmonton Oilers) were among the many other NHL players placed on waivers on Monday.
Mathieu Perreault has been placed on waivers by Winnipeg.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 11, 2021
We will find out at 12 PM ET on Tuesday whether these players clear or are claimed. Those players that go unclaimed will likely be assigned to Hershey or added to taxi squad.
The Capitals open the season on Thursday at the Buffalo Sabres (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).
By Harrison Brown