The Washington Capitals recalled forwards Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn from the Hershey Bears on Tuesday morning. The team also announced that Nicklas Backstrom has been placed on the long-term injury list.
#Caps place center Nicklas Backstrom on long-term injury list and recall forwards Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn from the Hershey Bears (AHL).
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Backstrom must miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. The earliest he can come back is the Capitals November 6 game against the Flyers. The 34-year-old did not participate in Capitals training camp and has yet to skate with the team so far this season.
McMichael and Malenstyn were re-assigned to Hershey on Monday (paper transaction) in order for the team to save on their daily salary cap hit. The Capitals 2021-22 opening night roster:
The Capitals roster now sits at the maximum of 23 players. They open their season Wednesday night when they host the New York Rangers (TV: TNT) at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM.
By Jon Sorensen