It is expected that Stafford and Marshall will spend this season in the AHL. Stafford has only played seven career NHL games, last making an NHL appearance for Phoenix during the 2010-11 season. Marshall has only played in 10 NHL games, all for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011-12 season. He was acquired by the Capitals on February 2 of this year in exchange for Matt Ford.
Stafford recorded 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games last season with Portland and Hamilton of the AHL. Marshall recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and 116 penalty minutes in 63 games last season with Hershey and Adirondack, also in the AHL.