- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005


With 27 players slotted somewhere on the roster, the Washington Capitals will be forced to make a series of personnel moves over the next week, including one before tonight’s game in Toronto.

Center Dainius Zubrus (groin) is tentatively scheduled to come off injured reserve tonight. Defenseman Jamie Heward (arm) also might return.

To make room for Zubrus, a player will have to go on IR, be demoted to Hershey of the American Hockey League or be moved elsewhere. One possible move would be to put right wing Petr Sykora (back spasms) on IR, which could be backdated to Oct.28 and make him eligible to play as soon as tomorrow.

Washington will face another manpower problem soon thereafter, according to coach Glen Hanlon. Defenseman Ivan Majesky, who has been rehabbing a knee injury suffered in May, might be ready to play within a week. When he is added to the roster, another body has to go, and the Caps will have to start shedding some of the extra defensemen they have been carrying all season. There are nine on the roster, and Majesky would make 10. Most clubs get by with seven.

—Dave Fay

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