YOUR CAPITALS MINUTE FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30Posted on September 30, 2013 by John Walton
With all the experimentation at the center position during training camp, as Eric Fehr and Martin Erat both slotted in down the middle during preseason play, it appeared Adam Oates wanted some forward flexibility up front.
On Sunday, we saw perhaps why that might have been the case.
The Capitals got down to the 23-man roster limit Sunday, in part by trading center Mathieu Perreault to Anaheim in exchange for minor league forward John Mitchell and a fourth round draft pick. Needing a little salary cap room, Perreault is reunited with former coach Bruce Boudreau in southern California. In addition Sunday, the Capitals released Dmitry Orlov, Dane Byers, and Michael Cajkovsky from training camp, and placed Joel Rechlicz on waivers with intent to send him to Hershey. Combined, those moves pushed Washington down to the 23 players needed for Tuesday's opener in Chicago. Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, and Connor Carrick all hang around for Tuesday, with a potential NHL debut for Carrick coming Tuesday. If it happens, it would be quite a story for the native of Orland Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago.
Here's today's Capitals Minute. One day to the opener. The wait is almost over.Posted in: Sports