Roster Manipulation(s)

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, October 17, 2008 | , , | 0 comments »

The Washington Capitals made a pair of player moves today, one that alters the NHL roster, and one that shakes up the minor leagues a little. First, the major league move:

ARLINGTON, Va– The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Chris Bourque from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Bourque, 22, has played in three games for Hershey this year and has two goals and three assists. Bourque’s five points rank third on the Bears and tied for third in the AHL.

Last season Bourque accumulated 28 goals and 35 assists (63 points) in 73 games with Hershey. He is in his fourth year with Hershey and was a member of the 2005-06 team that won the Calder Cup under current Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau.

The 5’10”, 177-pound Boston, Mass., native, made his NHL debut last year and played in four games with Washington.

With Bourque up, this definitely means Sergei Federov will be skating on the blue line tomorrow against New Jersey. The team hasn't announced any line pairings yet, so we'll just have to see how Coach Bruce Boudreau shuffles his line-ups.

Next, the minor league move. As reported by Capitals Insider, goalie Michael Neuvirth was reassigned from Hershey to South Carolina of the ECHL. Neuvirth had yet to appear for the Bears and there had been some consideration by the team to loan him out to another organization. Simeon Varlamov and Daren Machesney have made the starts so far for the Bears. Each has two wins in Hershey's 4-0 start.