The Washington Times - March 23, 2013, 11:52AM

Joey Crabb cleared waivers Saturday, and the Washington Capitals assigned him to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. The new collective bargaining agreement eliminated re-entry waivers, so they can recall the right now at any time.

The 29-year-old Crabb score two goals in 26 Caps games this season, playing mostly in a fourth-line role. He did spend three games alongside captain Alex Ovechkin and Jay Beagle.


A seventh-round pick in 2002, Crabb is a veteran of 170 NHL games. He played 35 games for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL during the lockout.

The Caps designated Crabb as a nonroster player Thursday night to activate defenseman Mike Green from injured reserve.

Washington signed Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 contract in July. While in the AHL, he will count just $50,000 against the salary cap.

Ex-Caps forward Jeff Halpern was claimed off waivers from the New York Rangers by the Montreal Canadiens. Halpern played for Montreal in 2010-11.