NHL lockout 2012: Where in the world are the Washington Capitals?

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With the NHL lockout under way, players are dispersing around the world to either stay in shape or find a place to earn a living. Check back here for continuous updates on where Washington Capitals are spending their time.

Alex Ovechkin

Current status: Playing with Dynamo Moscow in KHL

The Capitals’ captain returned home to Russia before the lockout began and signed a deal to play for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Ovechkin said on a teleconference Sept. 19 the NHL might lose players permanently if salaries get cut.

Nicklas Backstrom

Current status: Playing with Dynamo Moscow in KHL

Backstrom said Sept. 18 he was “looking for some options” to play in Europe during the lockout. Instead of going home to Sweden, he joined Ovechkin with Dynamo.

Brooks Laich

Current status: Playing with Kloten Flyers in Swiss National League A.

“Hockey players want to play hockey,” Laich said. So the Caps’ NHL Players’ Association rep is doing just that, signing Sept. 28 with the Kloten Flyers in Switzerland.

Mike Green

Current status: In Washington

Green returned to the D.C. area and skated with teammates in the days after the lockout began.

John Carlson

Current status: In Washington

Fresh off signing a six-year, $23.8 million contract, the defenseman said last week he had no plans to leave the D.C. area in the near future. “Right now all I know is I’m going to be around this weekend and I plan on skating next week” Carlson said Sept. 14. “Our goal is to play hockey next year.”

Karl Alzner

Current status: In Calgary

Alzner is back home after spending a couple of days in New York City for NHLPA meetings last week. He’s skating with Jeff Schultz and several Calgary Flames players and waiting out the lockout. The defenseman has no plans to play overseas unless it looks like the lockout could take up the entire season.

Troy Brouwer

Current status: In Chicago

With his wife, Carmen, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Kyle Maria, Oct. 14.Brouwer decided to stay at his home in Chicago for the time being and said Oct. 26 he would only consider going to Europe if the lockout goes on much longer.

Joel Ward

Current status: In Toronto

Ward, who professed to be fully healthy after offseason sports hernia surgery, skated in Arlington last week but said he was returning home to Toronto.

Roman Hamrlik

Current status: In Montreal

Hamrlik said in an email that he was just skating and, as for the possibility of playing in Europe, “not going anywhere for now.” He played in a Quebec charity game Sept. 27.

Jack Hillen

Current status: In Minnesota

Hillen went home to Minnesota after a short stint skating in Arlington.

Jason Chimera

Current status: In Washington

Chimera played in the Italian league during the 2004-05 lockout, but this time he’s staying in the area because his children are in school here.

Mike Ribeiro

Current status: In Washington

Like Chimera, kids in school are keeping Ribeiro in the D.C. area.

Wojtek Wolski

Current status: Playing for KH Sanok in Polska Liga Hokejowa

Wolski returned to his native Poland earlier in October.

Michal Neuvirth

Current status: Playing for HC Sparta Praha in Czech Extraliga

Neuvirth agreed to a one-year deal with HC Sparta Praha in his native Czech Republic.

Matt Hendricks

Current status: In Minnesota

Hendricks spent over a month skating in Arlington before returning home to Minnesota.

Jay Beagle

Current status: In Washington

Beagle continued skating in Arlington and said his plan is to stick around for the foreseeable future. If the lockout drags on, he could return home or find a league overseas to play in.

Braden Holtby

Current status: In Hershey

Holtby did not make an appearance in Arlington for informal workouts, choosing instead to stay at home. He suffered an upper-body injury early in the Hershey Bears’ season but returned the weekend of Oct. 26.

Dmitry Orlov

Current status: In Hershey

Orlov started the season with the Bears like Holtby.

Joey Crabb

Current status: In Alaska

Crabb, who made a brief appearance in the D.C. area, returned home to Alaska and said in a text message Sept. 18 that he was still trying to figure out what to do.

Marcus Johnasson

Current status: Signed with BIK Karlskoga of HockeyAllsvenskan

With the Swedish Elite League reluctant to sign NHL players during the lockout, Johansson agreed to a deal with BIK Karlskoga in late October.

Jeff Schultz

Current status: In Calgary

Schultz is skating in Calgary with Flames players and others, Alzner said Sept. 18.

John Erskine

Current status: In Kingston, Ontario

Erskine skated some in Arlington before the lockout, then returned home to Kingston.

Mathieu Perreault

Current status: In Quebec

Perreault on Sept. 27 took part in a Quebec charity game along with Hamrlik.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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