The Washington Times - October 6, 2011, 09:16AM

It came as little no surprise Wednesday when the Capitals placed defenseman Tom Poti on long-term injured reserve with nagging groin injuries. His $2.875 million cap hit comes off the books, so the Caps are now under the salary ceiling.

But Poti hasn’t been seen around Kettler Capitals Iceplex all preseason after failing a pre-training camp medical exam.General manager George McPhee, in talking with The Times about Roman Hamrlik this week reiterated that he signed the veteran defenseman because “Poti I didn’t think was going to play again.”

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Asked for comment, Poti’s agent, Paul Krepelka, had this to say in an email:

“Tom continues to rehab with the hopes that at some point during the season he will be healthy enough to be able to contribute to the Caps success. There is really nothing else to comment on at this time.”

McPhee said on the first day of camp that Poti would try another path of rehab that did not include surgery.