- WestJet grants Christmas wishes for 250 airline passengers
- U.S. vet held in North Korea says statement was coerced
- NTSB hearing on San Francisco airliner crash postponed
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insists he has dried out, vows sobriety test
- Greenpeace video warns that climate change is wrecking Santa’s home
- Herman Cain profiled in ‘Political Power’ comic book
- Hagel renews Qatar defense pact despite differences over Iran, Syria
- Fire departments fear Obamacare will gut volunteer ranks
- Rep. Alan Grayson loses $18M in stock scheme
- Christmas secularists get 6-foot beer-can Festivus pole at Florida Statehouse
Capitals’ Hamrlik sits out during Day 1 conditioning tests; Poti fails medical exam
Tight groins sideline Hamrlik, expected to practice Sunday
Roman Hamrlik has been through this once or twice or 18 times before. The 38-year-old defenseman is used to training camp from his long NHL career.
So when he was feeling some tightness in his groin muscles before getting set to do some physically intense conditioning sprints, coach Bruce Boudreau pulled the plug.
“I wanted to make sure that it’s his first day out with us that he wasn’t trying to be overly brave and do something,” Boudreau said. “Once he said, ‘They’re a little tight,’ I said, ‘OK, fine, shut it down.’ “
Hamrlik, signed July 1 to a two-year deal worth $7 million, agreed with the decision to take it easy.
“I wanted to be safe,” he said. “It was a hard practice and I had some tightness in my groin. It was a good move by Bruce.”
Boudreau affirmed that Hamrlik didn’t aggravate an injury or hurt himself at all Saturday — just that he had some tightness earlier in the week that was reason to back off. Hamrlik is expected to practice Sunday.
Poti fails exam
Tom Poti’s groin issues haven’t gone away. General manager George McPhee confirmed as much Saturday by announcing the defenseman failed his medical exam Friday and would begin a different rehabilitation program.
“He’s certainly frustrated, and we’re disappointed because he’s a good player,” McPhee said. “He’s played very good hockey in Washington and made our team better. We just told him as we did with Brian Pothier a couple years ago: If you get to the point where you can return, we’d love to have you.”
For now, Poti is expected to start the season on long-term injured reserve, which will take his $2.875 million salary off the cap and get Washington under the salary ceiling.
“I was concerned about whether he’d be able to play again,” he said. “That’s why we went out and signed Hamrlik; we didn’t want to be short. Unfortunately, he’s no further along at this point.”
Poti was not made available to reporters and his agent did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Ovechkin sets pace
With so much attention on captain Alex Ovechkin’s fitness level, he put on a heck of a show during sprints — blowing away teammates at least the first few times down the ice. He probably should have paced himself, as he did slow down in the final few lengths.
“Yeah the first two times I was flying, so I thought, ‘Oh it’s going to be easy,’ ” he said. “But after that I couldn’t feel my legs and I said ‘Jesus Christ, screw that!’ “
Nicklas Backstrom later helped Ovechkin further celebrate his 26th birthday by giving him a shaving cream towel in the face.
• Winger Troy Brouwer, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was cleared for contact and took part in full practice Saturday. He’s confident he’ll start the regular season and is hoping to get some exhibition action, too. …
• Defenseman Dennis Wideman, who missed the end of last season with leg hematoma and compartment syndrome, deemed himself 100 percent and noted that he could play in a game tomorrow if needed. …
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- WHYNO: Tomas Vokoun gets unexpected Stanley Cup shot with Penguins
- Brandon Meriweather, Redskins' secondary ready for bounceback year
- Kirk Cousins embraces role as Redskins' offseason starter as RG3 rehabs from injury
- Capitals notes: Realignment won't prompt roster remake
- Despite Caps' first-round playoff exit, Adam Oates' first season as coach left a positive taste
Latest Blog Entries
- Redskins injury updates (5/23): WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Wilson each had labrum surgery
- Capitals 'love' Matt Hendricks, but how much?
- Wojtek Wolski signs in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
- Tom Poti won't return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career
- Is Tom Wilson ready to be a regular for Capitals?
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
- FITTON: A closer look at the Benghazi lie
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's funeral
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- Troops forced to rely on welfare, holiday charity
- Oregon fails to sign up single person on health care website as states struggle
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- George Zimmermans girlfriend flips on assault: Let my boyfriend go
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Notes from a running nerd: musings and more on all things running.
NFL junkie Eric Golub reports on his favorite obsession. There is no football offseason. Every February he pretends to care about other sports while sobbing uncontrollably each Sunday until September.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow