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Capitals Assign Cody Eakin To AHL Hershey

The Caps assigned Cody Eakin to AHL Hershey Sunday, according to the team.

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The Washington Capitals have reassigned forward Cody Eakin to AHL Hershey, according to a team release.

In 19 games with the Caps, Eakin had six points (three goals, three assists), but was scratched in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche to make room for Matt Hendricks' return from injury. Recently, Eakin spent time on the fourth line with Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble, but also saw time on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin.

Eakin made his NHL debut November 1 against the Anaheim Ducks and scored his first career goal November 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He will be available for the Bears' game Sunday against the Norfolk Admirals. Eakin has eight points in 10 games with the Bears this season.

With Eakin's assignment, perhaps Jay Beagle, out since October 13 with a concussion, is getting closer to a return to action.

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