The Washington Times - January 25, 2012, 10:50AM

A lot of Washington Capitals players are relocating to warmer climes for the NHL All-Star break. Tomas Vokoun is returning to Florida to see his wife and kids; Alex Ovechkin is going to “chill” and Mathieu Perreault is flying south with his girlfriend to get some sun.

Cody Eakin will at least start out the break in Hershey, as the Caps on Wednesday assigned the 20-year-old forward to the Bears of the American Hockey League. It’s likely a move to get Eakin some more ice time, as Hershey plays two games before the AHL break.


Eakin scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday night in the Caps’ 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins, snapping an 11-game drought dating to Dec. 5. The puck hit Tuukka Rask, who dropped it as it trickled into the net.

“To see it bounce back and just cross the line, it’s a nice feeling,” Eakin said.

The Bears play at the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday.