Shane Gersich, Pheonix Copley, Mike Sgarbossa Among Nine Capitals’ Players Placed On Waivers

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.

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.

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.

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

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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6 Responses to Shane Gersich, Pheonix Copley, Mike Sgarbossa Among Nine Capitals’ Players Placed On Waivers

  1. Anonymous says:

    🤞please clear waivers, please clear waivers, please clear waivers 🤞

  2. hockeydruid says:

    Going to be real interesting to see if anyone claims anyone off the waiver especially with the taxi squad and being able to carry your own younger players.

  3. Eric Lord says:

    Even if a player clears, it doesn’t mean he necessarily will be sent to Hershey. They have to clear to be added to the taxi squad. Carr, Maillet or LaDue could still end up on the taxi squad if the Caps want them there. I can’t believe Johansen is still in camp over LaDue & Schilling. He’s been anything but effective during his career this far. That is when he has actually been healthy

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