T.J. Oshie And Dmitry Orlov Return To Practice, Alex Ovechkin Takes Maintenance Day; Plans For Waivers, LTIR Revealed

The Capitals returned to work Sunday morning following their 4-3 overtime victory over the Columbus blue Jackets on Saturday night. Forward T.J. Oshie (upper body) and Dmitry Orlov (lower body) returned to practice for the first time since sustaining injuries Wednesday night against the Red Wings. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took a maintenance day on Sunday.

All NHL teams are required to reduce their training camp rosters to a maximum of 23 players by 5:00 PM on Monday. As a result, Lucas Johansen, Henrik Borgstrom, Brett Leason and Axel Johnson-Fjallby are expected to be placed on waivers today, with the intention of re-assigning them to Hershey.

Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Carl Hagelin and Alex Alexeyev will be placed on injured reserve today. It is believed that Kody Clark has been injured, but there has been no official announcement by the team.

The expected moves indicate the Capitals will go with 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The tentative roster (line assignments approximate).

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Connor Brown
Anthony Mantha — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
Connor McMichael — Lars Eller — Conor Sheary
Marcus Johansson — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Joe Snively, Aliaksei Protas

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Matt Irwin

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

The Capitals begin their 48th NHL campaign on Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena (7 PM ET, TNT).

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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14 Responses to T.J. Oshie And Dmitry Orlov Return To Practice, Alex Ovechkin Takes Maintenance Day; Plans For Waivers, LTIR Revealed

  1. Anonymous says:

    No real surprises. 14/7 was the right call.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Agree, pretty much as expected. LuJo was a minor question mark, but not surprised by the final decision.

      • Diane Doyle says:

        So often it seems that when a team does 13 forward and 8 D, the D stay healthy and neither of the bottom two D ever play while the forwards have trouble staying healthy.

        Last year’s Caps. And Montreal in 2015-16.

        • DWGie26 says:

          You mean like last year? haha. Definitely the right call to only keep 7 dee. And if a dee does get hurt, we’ll be able to immediately bring up Johansen or Nardella. Doesn’t mean Erwin will be the one, but he has proven to be solid.

  2. DWGie26 says:

    Yeah… about as expected.

    I like LuJo but he needs to grow and get minutes in Hershey although with Ness and Nardella LuJo will be second or third pairing. So I like this move with vet 7th (Irwin).

    I can’t say i am surprised about Leason either although I worry about him being claimed.

    That said, no claim would be catastrophic. But hoping they all pass through.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I don’t think Leason is done developing by any means. I know there were concerns with his average skating abilities, so I wonder if that can ever become NHL-level. Still, would like to see him get another year in Hershey.

      • DWGie26 says:

        When we drafted him, there was a lot of excitement and projecting as middle 6. I think he is now bottom six because of his skating as you noted. He could be a Hathaway replacement but needs more development. If claimed, we’ll need to resign Hath which isn’t a bad thing. He brings so much leadership and steady to 4th line.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s interesting they pre-announced these moves. 🤔 Possibly to see if anyone is interested in a trade before players hot the waiver wire?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Protas more than deserved to make team but if he is 13 or 14 it is a waste.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      You are right on both counts.

    • DWGie26 says:

      I liked that jumbo second line of Mantha-Strome-Protas.

      I could see Protas getting deployed a bit like Lapierre this year. Gets a few game. Eats some popcorn. Be around the boys for a month and then going to Hershey to get minutes. If he continues to impress though, it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Brown and Strome seemed to have good chemistry with results in the preseason. I would like to see them paired up on the same line.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I liked what I saw of Leason early last year when we had all the injuries. Would like to have seen him get more minutes but of course he is to young.

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