The Capitals announced their final cuts today and forwards Mattias Sjogren, Cody Eakin & defenseman Dmitry Orlov were sent to AHL Hershey. Mathieu Perreault, had three goals and two assists in the preseason, Jay Beagle and DJ King were the final players to make the team.
The Caps lines this morning were: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble, Semin-Perreault-Brouwer, Chimera-Laich-Johansson-Ward, King-Hendricks-Halpern-Beagle, Alzner-Carlson, Schultz-Green, Hamrlik-Wideman. John Erskine is still not cleared for contact, so as of now the Caps will go into the season with only six healthy defenseman. With the Caps not leaving the east coast until October 26th, they can easily recall a defenseman from AHL Hershey if needed.
Alex Ovechkin is flying out after practice, after not being able to catch a flight to Moscow yesterday, and is expected back for opening night on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center. Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said the plan is for Ovechkin to be back from Russia on Friday night, but he did mention that they told Ovechkin to take all the time he needs and to come back when ready.
On the new lines today at practice, Boudreau said, “I don’t know how much you want to read into that or whether I’m sending a message to other people”.
Listen here to what Bruce Boudreau had to say after practice today about cuts, players making the team like Perreault and Beagle, ending of training camp, Alex Ovechkin and preparing for opening night on Saturday.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Also listen to what Mathieu Perreault & Jay Beagle had to say about making the Capitals and preparing for the regular season.
Mathieu Perreault Practice Audio
Jay Beagle Practice Audio