Sunday has been a day of roster trimming for the Washington Capitals, as the team announced earlier that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Lucas Johansen, Henrik Borgstrom and Brett Leason have been placed on waivers with the intention of loaning the players to the Hershey Bears.
The Bears were also in roster-trimming mode on Sunday, re-assigning seven players from their training camp roster to the ECHL, including Capitals prospect Garin Bjorklund and Peter Laviolette.
FROM THE BEARS
The Hershey Bears have announced the following reductions to the club’s 2022 Training Camp Roster:
Assigned to South Carolina (ECHL):
Alexandre Fortin, F
Ryan Scarfo, F
Michael Kim, D
Re-assigned to South Carolina (ECHL) by Washington (NHL):
Garin Bjorklund, G
Released from Tryout and will report to South Carolina (ECHL):
Jarid Lukosevicius, F
Released from Tryout and will report to Reading (ECHL):
Shane Sellar, F
Released from Tryout and will report to Wheeling (ECHL):
Peter Laviolette, F
Bjorklund, a 6’-2”, 180lb goaltender from Grande Priaire, Alberta, was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round (#179 overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Bjorklund, 20, was signed by the Capitals on April 29, 2022 to a three-year, $843,000 per season entry-level deal. He was expected to begin the 2022-23 season in South Carolina.
Laviolette, son of Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette, has participated in Capitals training camp and Bears training camp, but signed with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
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Since the final Caps waivers won’t clear until tomorrow afternoon and I think the Bears have one more preseason game I assume we can expect more moves before the roster is finalized?
Additional moves very possible. They are wrapping up their final preseason game as we “speak” – tied 2-2 heading to overtime.
Its curious why would the Caps want or allow Peter to practice in Hershey if he signed with Wheeling?
I’d like to know the story behind his signing someday. I have guesses about some of it.
Now if only the Capitals would release Laviolette Senior! And bring in Spencer Carbery.