General manager George McPhee said last week life was business as usual for him, even with the darkening cloud of a lockout looming for Sept. 15. On Thursday the Washington Capitals did a little housekeeping in advance of that potential lockout.
The Caps put several veterans on two-way deals on waivers so that they can play for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Goaltender Dany Sabourin, defensemen Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford and forwards Ryan Potulny, Matt Clackson, Ryan Stoa and Zach Hamill should all clear waivers and be eligible to report to Hershey’s camp.
This waiver period was agreed to by the owners and the NHL Players’ Association to allow vets on two-way contracts to play in the AHL.
Goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman Dmitry Orlov will be able to play for the Bears without passing through waivers because they are on entry-level deals and have not reached the threshold of NHL games played that require waivers.
Forward Marcus Johansson cannot be sent down without the Caps risking him on waivers because he has played 172 NHL games, so do not expect that to happen.
Stan Galiev and Cameron Schilling are among the Caps’ prospects who should get heavy minutes for Hershey.