Rasmus Sandin Skates, Conor Sheary Returns To Anaheim Following Birth Of Son: Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

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The Washington Capitals held their gameday morning skate at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday. The Capitals begin their west coast swing of games tonight against the Ducks. Puck drop is set for 10PM ET.


Defenseman Rasmus Sandin, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, has arrived in Anaheim and skated in the Capitals morning skate on Wednesday. His status for tonight’s game is still uncertain. According to Tarik El Bashir, Sandin still has immigration issues/paper work to attend to.

No line rushes were reported for Wednesday’s morning skate. For reference, the forward lines and defensive pairs at Tuesday’s practice in Anaheim. [* No longer with the team.]

Alex Ovechkin — Nic Dowd — Tom Wilson
Sonny Milano — Dylan Strome — T.J. Oshie
*Marcus Johansson — Nicklas Backstrom — Craig Smith
Aliaksei Protas – *Lars Eller — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

*Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Alex Alexeyev – Matt Irwin

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Extras: D Dylan McIlrath

Conor Sheary rejoined the Capitals after his wife gave birth to their second child, a boy, Callum.

Anthony Mantha (upper body) is no longer listed on the injured reserve list on NHL media website.

Lars Eller was traded to the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the day on Wednesday. [More Here]. Erik Gustafsson was traded to Toronto and Marcus Johansson traded to Minnesota on Tuesday [More here].


Today’s stat of the day is a re-tread from our latest weekly trends post (here). It lists 22 of the more important statistical categories, and the Capitals rankings for this week, the previous week and the change over a 20-day period. [Click to enlarge].


The Capitals announced Wednesday morning that they have signed forward prospect Ryan Hofer to a three-year entry level deal. [More Here].


  • Los Angeles Kings longtime goaltender Jonathan Quick was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. There are reports that Quick was not too happy about moving from sunny Southern California to Columbus, Ohio. 😬

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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16 Responses to Rasmus Sandin Skates, Conor Sheary Returns To Anaheim Following Birth Of Son: Notes From Capitals Morning Skate

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Don’t be shocked if Quick “K 5’s” trade & retires! Should’ve been able to finish out with club on his own terms obviously Kings didn’t have any contact with him in regards to possible trade,crappy way to treat goalie that helped you win 2 Cups!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think you nailed it, Scott. He wanted no part of moving to Columbus.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why does the team owe him anything? He had no trade protection, and the GM who signed the deal was fired six years ago.

      I wouldn’t be happy about moving to Ohio either, but Jarmo committed to “doing right” by Quick. So we’ll see.

    • hockeydruid says:

      Quicks salary this year is only $2.5m but his cap hit is $5.8m. I thought that at 35 a player received a M-NTC. I don’t blame Quick for being pissed however there isn’t much of the season left and he is a UFA after the season and I doubt he want to lose the salary for the rest of the ear So I see him retiring after the season or maybe seeing what happens over the summer before retiring if he gets no offers to his liking.

  2. KimRB says:

    Do we know what number Sandin will be? I believe he was #38 with the Leafs

    I miss the good old days before “race car numbers”, when no skater had a number above 29, except for maybe the 7th D

  3. KimRB says:

    Ducks are scratching Klingberg and Kulikov. Might be some movement there

    I’m gazing into my crystal ball, and I’ll predict there’ll be an NHL imposed limit on how many games a team can scratch a player for “trade related purposes”. Bettman brought it up already. My guess is it’ll be a topic at the next BOG meeting.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sure that kind of rule change would require the NHLPA’s involvement, so this will probably be addressed in the next CBA.

  4. hockeydruid says:

    Is Kuzy going to play tonight or is he still sick? Have they brought anyone up from Hershey if there is a void?

  5. KimRB says:

    Didn’t see this coming. Ottawa gets Chychrun. 1st and 2 2nds, including one that originally belonged to us.

  6. novafyre says:

    If Sandin needs to change his immigration status in order to play, do the Caps have any healthy scratches?

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