BOSTON MA - DECEMBER 18: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot through the legs of Tom Poti #3 of the Washington Capitals on December 18 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals Roster Released, Tom Poti Placed On Long-Term Injury Reserve

The Washington Capitals released their final roster just now. Tom Poti will be on the long-term injury reserve list, allowing the Capitals to get back under the salary cap.

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Washington Capitals Roster: Tom Poti Placed On Long-Term Injury Reserve, John Erskine Made Non-Roster Player

The Washington Capitals finalized their roster on Wednesday, making two expected moves that nevertheless have interesting implications. The team has placed defensemen Tom Poti on long-term injury reserve and made defensemen John Erskine a non-roster player, according to Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner.

The news on Poti is significant because it puts the Capitals back under the salary cap. Poti has been trying to come back from a series of groin injuries, but the Capitals considered Poti's injuries to be career-threatening. Poti was set to make $2.875 million this season, which is enough to get the Capitals back under the cap.

As for Erskine, he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He has yet to be cleared to practice, and will probably be out a couple weeks. The Capitals will be a little shorthanded on the blue line until then. His salary does count against the cap.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.


Capitals Training Camp: Mike Knuble Returns To Top Line, 'Best Early Fit' According To Bruce Boudreau

BALLSTON, Va. - For the last two seasons, the Washington Capitals' first line has been their most consistent. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble have had much success as a unit, but throughout this summer's training camp, those three were rarely together. Whether it be Marcus Johansson replacing Backstrom or Troy Brouwer replacing Knuble, the Caps' most recognizable line was no longer together.

Yet, in recent days, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Knuble have all donned their typical red jerseys during practice. Even with Ovechkin's absence due to the loss of a family member, Backstrom and Knuble skated together Tuesday at Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. After practice, head coach Bruce Boudreau admitted that his top three skaters are really meant to be.

"I always think that Nicky and Alex in the end are meant for each other, so to speak." Boudreau said. "So that's a fit and who knows, Mike has been on that line for two years and I think he's the best early fit."

Johansson skated on the wing with Backstrom and Knuble Wednesday, while Brouwer skated with Mathieu Perreault and Alexander Semin on the second line. Meanwhile, the third line of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward and the fourth line of Matt Hendricks, Jeff Halpern and Jay Beagle have continued to work together and should stay intact.


Mathieu Perreault, Jay Beagle Ecstatic About Making Capitals' Final Roster

BALLSTON, Va. - Tuesday, the Washington Capitals made what should be their final cuts when they sent Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren and Dmitry Orlov to AHL Hershey. That left Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle as the final players to solidify their respective places on the roster, something that both players definitely cherish.

"It feels good," Perreault said on making the team. "I've been waiting for it the past three years and finally, I got it. I showed up in good shape and ready to go and I went out there and gave everything I had."

"I'm definitely excited to be here and be with this team," Beagle said. "It's such a great group of guys and a great team. It's just really exciting."

During Tuesday's practice, Perreault skated on the second line with Alexander Semin and Troy Brouwer, while Beagle was on the fourth line with D.J. King, Matt Hendricks and Jeff Halpern. The most noteworthy placement was Marcus Johansson's, who found himself on the third line after spending most of training camp on the first line. Head coach Bruce Boudreau, however, said that not much should be made about Tuesday's lines.

"I don't know how much you want to read into that or whether I'm sending a message to other people," Boudreau said. "I don't want to expound on that right now."

Perreault and Beagle will start the season with the Caps and just like the upcoming season, their personal journeys are also about to begin.

"In another sense, it's just the start," Beagle said. "The goal is to make the team and now it's time to go and try to make an impact and help this team win games and eventually win the Stanley Cup."

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Dmitry Orlov Assigned To AHL Hershey

The Washington Capitals open their 2011-12 season in five days and with rosters needing to be set by tomorrow afternoon, they made their final round of cuts.

The Caps announced Tuesday that forwards Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren along with defenseman Dmitry Orlov have been assigned to AHL Hershey.

All three prospects took part in all of Washington's summer camps. from Development Camp in July to Rookie Camp in early September. While they showed promise in preseason action, the Caps decided to give them more time to develop in the AHL.

With this last round of cuts, Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle have sealed the final roster spots. Perreault's inspired performance during the preseason, where he led the team with five points (three goals, two assists), caught the eye of head coach Bruce Boudreau.

"I think our best player all of [training] camp was Mathieu Perreault," Boudreau said after Sunday's 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. "He played with energy every night and I think he was very similar last year, but we'll sit down tomorrow and discuss all of this."

The Caps now enter the regular season with seven defensemen, including the injured John Erskine, who continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery, and 14 forwards.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Chris Bourque, Sean Collins, Patrick McNeill Reassigned To AHL Hershey

Via Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have continued their training camp roster cuts Thursday as forward Chris Bourque and defensemen Sean Collins and Patrick McNeill have been reassigned to AHL Hershey pending waivers.

Bourque's three point performance in Monday's 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets did not prove to be enough as his proverbial bubble burst Thursday. Meanwhile, Collins, who spent the end of the regular season and postseason with the Caps, will return to Hershey. Collins' demotion could be good news for prospect Dmitry Orlov, who has impressed throughout the summer and could be the Caps' seventh defensemen if John Erskine is not ready to start the season. McNeill's demotion was more or less a formality.

With less than a week left before rosters must be set, five "bubble" forwards remain for up to three spots: Mathieu Perreault, Jay Beagle, D.J. King, Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren. The Caps have two preseason games left.


Troy Brouwer Should Replace Mike Knuble As Washington Capitals' First-Line Right Winger

Mike Knuble has been a fixture on the Capitals' first line since joining the team two years ago, but with the addition of Troy Brouwer, it would be in the Caps' best interest to move Knuble down on the depth chart.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Braden Holtby Recalled From AHL Hershey

Sunday, the Washington Capitals cut goaltender Braden Holtby and assigned him to their AHL affiliate in Hershey. Three days later, Holtby's on his way back.

Via The Washington Time's Stephen Whyno and confirmed by The Washington Examiner's Brian McNally, the Caps will recall Holtby Thursday.

The reason behind the call-up is uncertain. Michal Neuvirth started Monday in Washington's 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and backed up Tomas Vokoun Wednesday against the Nashville Predators.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Via Whyno, Holtby is being called up because Neuvirth has a "minor injury and for precautionary reasons will be given a day off."


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Braden Holtby Among Those Cut Sunday

Via Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have cut goaltender Braden Holtby, defensemen Patrick Wellar and Danny Richmond as well as forwards Matthew Ford, Ryan Potulny and Christian Hanson. Holtby, Wellar and Ford will head directly to the Hershey Bears' training camp, which began this weekend. Meanwhile, Potulny, Hanson and Richmond must clear waivers first before joining the Bears.

According to Vogel's count, there are 29 players left on the Caps' training camp roster: 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and two goalies, leaving six forwards vying for three spots. Those forwards likely are Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Chris Bourque, Jay Beagle, D.J. King and Mathieu Perreault. There are four preseason games left before the home opener October 8, so the competition just got a bit tighter.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Caps Make More Cuts, Release 13 Players

Via Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have made their third round of cuts of this year's training camp, cutting 13 players. Forwards Francois Bouchard, David de Kastrozza, Stanislav Galiev, Kyle Greentree, Boyd Kane, Maxime Lacroix, Graham Mink, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette and defensemen Paul Baier, Zach Miskovic, Phil Oreskovic and Dustin Stevenson have all either been released or assigned to one of the Caps' minor league affiliates.

The Caps have now cut 24 players over the last few days. Tuesday, the Caps cut Samuel Henley, Luke Lockhart, Garrett Ross, James Oligny, Tyler Ludwig and Taylor Stefishen.

Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, opens training camp this weekend, so several players cut should take part.


Predators Vs. Capitals: Washington Begins Preseason With First Baltimore Hockey Classic

The Washington Capitals open their NHL preseason schedule in Baltimore to play the Nashville Predators in the first-ever Baltimore Hockey Classic.


Capitals Announce First Round Of Cuts Of Training Camp, Cut Five Players

Via The Washington Post's Katie Carrera, the Washington Capitals have officially cut five players: forwards Mitch Elliot, Reid Edmondson and Thomas Frazee as well as defensemen Samuel Carrier and Nick Tabisz.

All five players participated in July's Development Camp as well as last week's Rookie Camp. The Caps returned Carrier and Elliot to their respective junior teams in Lewiston (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and Seattle (Western Hockey League), while Edmondson, Frazee and Tabisz were released.

With Washington's first preseason game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators and the Hershey Bears' training camp beginning September 25, there should be several more cuts between now and then.


Conditioning Test, Renewed Focus Dominate First Day Of Capitals Training Camp

BALLSTON, Va. - Last August, the Washington Capitals entered training camp with shirts with "Stay Angry" emblazoned on the back. After yet another postseason disappointment, the Caps returned to Kettler Capitals Iceplex Saturday for the first day of training camp without any slogans on their shirts, but with the same attitude and focus.

"The regular season hasn't been an issue and I don't anticipate it being an issue this year," Mike Knuble said. "If we get through it and play very well, we'll be a top team in our conference, if not the league. It's waiting for the dessert at the end of the year. It's not going to be about the regular season. We're going to be measured in the spring again. Guys are tired of falling flat."

One of the highlights of the first day was a conditioning test that all three groups participated in after their on-ice sessions. Such a test has not been implemented in years past, but the players feel that being tested can only help.

"It's probably the first time we've done something like that since I've been here, but we've all done it at various points," Knuble said. "It's a good challenge. It's flat-out skating."

"Well, the conditioning's always been important on this team," Brooks Laich said. "This year, it's just recorded, but practices, I'm sure, will be as intense as ever."

As the 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway, the Caps are primed and ready to prove once and for all that they are capable of winning when it counts.

"Every year since I've been here, it's just a little less loose," Knuble said. "I expect this year to be even tighter."


Tom Poti Fails Medical Exam, Likely Headed To Long-Term Injury Reserve

BALLSTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti was expected to participate in Group A's practice Saturday morning as the Caps' training camp officially began, but he did not appear on the ice at all. After the first group's session ended, general manager George McPhee said that the oft-injured Poti failed his medical exam and his status for the season is uncertain.

"We're going to try a different program to see if we can get him back to 100 percent," McPhee said. "He's worked really hard in trying to get ready. He's still unable to do it. We'll see if the new program works. If he can play at some point this year, he can help us a lot."

Poti has been suffering from a groin injury that has kept him out of action since January 12. McPhee said that surgery is not part of the new program, but he will be placed on long-term injured reserve until he is ready to participate in the program.

With Poti on LTIR, his two-year, $5.75 million contract will not count against the Caps' salary cap, which will give them more space for roster moves.

For more on Washington Capitals training camp, visit this StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out Japers' Rink.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Tom Poti Not Skating On Day 1

Washington Capitals training camp got underway on Saturday, and there was one notable absence: defensemen Tom Poti. Poti, who missed most of last season with an eye and groin injury, was still not on the ice as the Capitals broke camp. Via Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

Tom Poti's groin problems and his injury status make up the Capitals' top question going into training camp. Saturday morning, there was at least one hint that his status was still pretty quo.

Poti was set to be part of Group A, but the 34-year-old defenseman was not on the ice with the rest of his teammates at 9:15 a.m.

Poti had been a possibility for the long-term injury reserve list, but he had also said he was hoping to play this season. General manager George McPhee is expected to provide an update on Poti later Saturday.

For more on Washington Capitals training camp, visit this StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out Japers' Rink.


Flyers Defeat Capitals 3-2 In Rookie Game

In the fifth annual meeting between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers' rookies, the latter earned a 3-2 victory in an unusually-tight game when considering past match-ups.

The Caps took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Stanislav Galiev drew the Flyers' defense in on a rush and passed the puck to Garrett Ross, whose shot deflected off of the post and Flyers goaltender Brad Phillips before crossing the goal line.

Philadelphia responded in the second period with three goals from three different players - Tyler Brown, Blake Kessel and Thomas Hyka - to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. The second period also saw three fights as Dustin Stevenson, Reid Edmondson and Danick Paquette all squared off for the Caps.

Garrett Mitchell cut the Flyers' lead to 3-2 at 4:09 of the third period when he put a rebound from Dustin Stevenson past Michael Houser. Washington threatened throughout the third period after Mitchell's goal, but could not beat Houser again.

The loss gives the Caps a 2-3-0 record against the Flyers in rookie competition. Thursday's game was actually the lowest-scoring game in terms of combined score between the two teams as the Caps and Flyers combined for five goals. The previous lowest total was seven goals in 2008 and 2010.

Veterans will report to training camp tomorrow, but on-ice sessions open to the media and public begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.


Washington Capitals Training Camp Schedule Dates, Roster Announced, Camp To Begin September 17

The Washington Capitals' training camp dates and rosters have been announced, and the team will begin practicing to prepare for their huge 2011/12 season on Saturday, September 17 at 9:15 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, Va. Every practice will be open to the public. The team also announced its roster for training camp, which can be found here.

Here is the full schedule:

September 17: 9:15 a.m. (Group A), 11:15 a.m. (Group B), 1:15 p.m. (Group C).

September 18: 9:45 a.m. (Group A), 11 a.m. (Group B), 1 p.m. (Group C).

September 19: 9:45 a.m. (Group A), 11 a.m. (Group B), 1 p.m. (Group C).

September 20: 11 a.m. (Morning Skate), 10:45 a.m. (Scrimmage at Kettler), 7 p.m. (game at 1st Mariner Arena vs. Nashville).

September 21: 9 a.m. (Morning Skate), 10:15 and 10:45 a.m. (practice), 7 p.m. (game at Columbus).

September 22: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 11:45 a.m. (practice).

September 23: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 11:15 a.m. (practice), 8:30 p.m. (game at Chicago).

September 24: 10 a.m. (practice), 10 a.m. (Capitals Convention).

September 25: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 11:45 a.m. (practice).

September 26: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 11:15 a.m. (practice), 7 p.m. (game vs. Columbus)

September 27: 10:30 a.m. (practice).

September 28: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 8 p.m. (game at Nashville)

September 29: 11 a.m. (practice).

September 30: 10 a.m. (Morning Skate), 7 p.m. (game vs. Buffalo).

October 1: 11 a.m. (Practice)

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.


Washington Capitals Training Camp: Rookie Camp Roster, Schedule Released

The Washington Capitals 2011 Rookie Camp schedule and roster has been released and will begin this Sunday, September 11, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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