The Washington Capitals are hunkering down for the 2012 NHL Lockout, with their first player reaching a deal to play overseas while an exhibition game for the team's rookies has been cancelled.
Goalkeeper Michal Neuvirth won't get rusty while waiting around for the season to start, as he's decided to play for Sparta Praha in the Czech league. While Alexander Ovechkin is reportedly going to sign with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL, that's not official yet, while Neuvirth will definitely be adding his name to the over 30 players taking their skills overseas while the NHL is locked out. The Capitals will have both of their potential starting goalkeepers staying sharp during the lockout, as Braden Holtby, still on a two-way contract, will play for the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
Meanwhile, the team has cancelled a rookie game with the Philadelphia Flyers, which had been scheduled to be held on Thursday, and with it an opportunity for the team's young players to suit up officially as Caps players for the first time.