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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Tyler Sloan
During the NHL's annual buyout period, teams like the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers parted ways with veterans with big, long-term contracts. But among Chris Drury, Sheldon Souray and other big names, the Washington Capitals went through the process with 30-year-old defenseman Tyler Sloan on June 30.
If Scott Hannan is going to be back with the Capitals next season, they won't make a move to re-sign him until after unrestricted free agency opens at noon Friday.
Three games in a row, the Capitals have fallen victim to ill-timed injuries, all to defensemen, all forcing the team to play short-handed on the back end.
Last week, Bruce Boudreau laughed off the question when asked if Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott would return to the Capitals lineup in the same game. He talked about the end of this week as a possibility. But it seems that the time is now — for both Ovechkin and Arnott.
The Capitals went into Bell Centre on Saturday night and took care of the Canadiens with one of their best recent performances. And they did so without Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Jason Arnott.
Johan Hedberg made 30 saves for his 15th career shutout and the struggling New Jersey Devils stunned the NHL-leading Washington Capitals 5-0 on Monday night.
Sloan said he didn't know why all of a sudden the Caps' defensemen have been hit by a rash of injuries but expects it to stop soon.
"The way I felt, I just did some things and made sure that we didn't wanna push it," Sloan said. "I really wanted to go back out there, but I gotta keep my health in mind a little bit, and doctors are good. It was a good decision, because I feel good today."