The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that they have assigned Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn to AHL Hershey. The team also announced they have designated Nicklas Backstrom to injured non-roster.
#Caps assign forwards Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears (AHL) and designate Nicklas Backstrom injured non-roster. #Caps expect to make additional transactions and announce the 2021-22 Opening Night roster on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 11, 2021
The move could be a paper transaction to save salary cap space. Teams had to cut roster to 23 players and meet salary cap ceiling by 5:00 PM today. The salary cap “hit” is tabulated each day at 5:00PM. (1/200 x each player’s annual salary). By making a “paper” move, McMichael and Malenstyn are not counted against today’s cap “hit”, and can be recalled tomorrow morning.
We will know more tomorrow. Stay tuned.
By Jon Sorensen