This just in from the Washington Capitals: They have recalled defenseman Brian Pothier and goaltender Simeon Varlamov from the Hershey Bears. More to come from Corey when his Internet Machine is back up and running.
UPDATE: Brian Pothier hasn’t played in the NHL since January 2008 after a hit by Boston’s Milan Lucic. He has played four games with Hershey, and reports on his progress have been positive. He is going to talk to us once the team plane touches down in Atlanta.
Simeon Varlamov has had an injury-plagued season, but he had two great outings for the Caps when Jose Theodore was hurt and is 18-6-1 with a 2.47 GAA and a .910 save percentage for the Bears. It is conceivable that he will play one of the next two games – it is the last set of back-to-backs for the Caps this season.
Michal Neuvirth was sent to Hershey to make room for Varlamov. He also played pretty well when called upon for the Caps. Given how crazy his situation has been the past two seasons, he really needs to play regularly. It should be noted that Keith Aucoin was not sent down, and is also with the team en route to Atlanta, so the Caps probably aren’t convinced (yet) that Sergei Fedorov will be ready to play against the Thrashers.