Today the Washington Capitals announced some waiver news, as well as some injury news in regards to the roster.
First the Capitals announced that Christian Djoos, Liam O’Brien, and Michael Sgarbossa have cleared waivers and have been loaned to the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
This move comes as no surprise as the Capitals needed to get down to 23 on their roster, and these going to Hershey was always the plan.
Next the Capitals announced that defenseman Michal Kempny has been placed on Injured Non Roster.
The move brings the Capitals to 23 for their roster, including the Evegny Kuznetsov three game suspension to start the season, and per the Capitals release Kempny can be activated when healthy and that there is no minimum game threshold for how long Kempny can be on the Injured Non Roster.
What does this really mean? With Kuznetsov’s suspension and Kempny’s injury the Capitals have the cap space until after their game against Carolina on Saturday, and will then need to make some more moves before they can play their next game on Tuesday, October 8th against Dallas top make sure they are under the cap.
In other news for the Capitals, they have announced that John Carlson has been named alternate captain.
Carlson ranks third among active Capitals players in games played, and is taking over for Brooks Orpik who retired this past summer.
In NHL news the League has announced that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for the first three games of the season in accordance to Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials).
Under the terms of the CBA, and based on Kane’s average annual salary, Kane will forfeit $112,903.23. The money will be going to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund.