Four more players — defensemen Sami Lepisto, Tyler Sloan and Grant McNeil and goalie Simeon Varlamov — were sent to Hershey to bring the roster size down to 25. Since there are only seven defensemen in camp now, that means Karl Alzner has made the team and can look for a place to live right?
Not so fast says Bruce Boudreau. Still, it is tough to imagine him not being here. The only way, barring someone being recalled from Hershey, is if the Caps were to commit to Sergei Fedorov on defense. That would allow them to go with the other six ‘D’ in camp and Feds as an insurance policy, and Alzner’s pricy salary could be stashed at Hershey for a little while.
Both Fedorov and Boudreau said this idea is just an experiment and a way to prepare in case injuries stike and someone can’t be called up in time (Boudreau mentioned the west coast — the Caps will be out there in October and November). Still, Boudreau didn’t rule out playing Fedorov back there tomorrow night against Philadelphia, and Fedorov says he never balked at the idea, even making a joke about getting more ice time.