NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Mattias Sjogren has a clause in his contract that allows him to return to Sweden if he doesn’t get a shot with the Capitals, that much George McPhee told reporters at media day.
Whether he exercises that at any point remains to be seen. According to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, which cited Sjogren’s European representative, Claude Lemieux, Sjogren considered going back to Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League but has decided to stay because the Caps told him he’d be next in line for a call-up.
Sjogren’s name has not been mentioned once since training camp by Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, though he was complimentary of the 23-year-old when he was around. Sjogren is a big, physical center who is strong in the faceoff circle but not exactly fleet of foot.
Reached via email, Sjogren’s NHL agent, Ritch Winter, said he does not comment on these kinds of situations to members of the press.
The Caps have 22 players on the active roster but are believed to be up against the salary cap. That would likely force another move if Sjogren were to be recalled.