The Washington Capitals announced prior to Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes (7 PM ET, ESPN+, Hulu) that left-wing Anthony Mantha, who underwent shoulder surgery on November 5, has been activated off of long-term injured reserve. It appears that the 27-year-old will play his first game since November 4 against the Hurricanes.
The 27-year-old, who was acquired as part of a deal that sent left-wing Jakub Vrana to the Detroit Red Wings on April 12, earned two goals and six points in 10 games prior to the injury.
In addition, left-wing Carl Hagelin, who averages 1:54 on the penalty-kill (second among Capitals forwards) and has three goals and 14 points in 53 games this season, will be out for an extended period of time with an eye injury and has been placed on long-term injured reserve. The Capitals will have an extra $2.75 million to work with ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on March 21 but would have to move out some salary if Hagelin plays again in the regular season.
Left-wing Joe Snively, who has four goals and seven points in 12 NHL games this season, is week-to-week with an upper-body injury and was placed on injured reserve.
By Harrison Brown