Moves and More Moves on an Off-Day Friday

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, February 06, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

Bullet Point Style!

  • Washington recalled "King" Karl Alzner from AHL Hershey today, after last night's multiple allergic reactions to the blue line. Expect him to regain his status of one the Caps leaders in minutes from defensemen immediately. Erskine was paired with Brian Pothier at practice today, you can do the math.

  • The Caps claimed stay at home defenseman Staffan Kronwall, 26, off waivers from Toronto. In 52 NHL games in 2005-06 and 2007-08, he had one assist and 21 PIMs. He is in the midst of his best single points season, going 7-18-25-46 for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season. Because the Caps picked him up on waivers, they'll only be responsible for half of his league minimum salary. He's basically free!

  • Brent Johnson will have surgery, and according to GM George McPhee, the Caps will not go out looking for a goalie, meaning that some combo of Michael Neuvirth and Simeon Varlamov will back up Jose Theodore, who has very quietly been the best goaltender in the league since Dec. 1. Varlamov has been out with a knee injury at Hershey. The team does not think the injury is serious, but with a goalie they need to be extra cautious with any discomfort in the knee.

  • Brooks Laich joined Viktor Kozlov in the training room today. Laich took a shot off the calf in the second period last night and returned, but he was too sore to practice. He should be able to play tomorrow, but if he can't go, the team will need to recall a forward.

  • Michael Nylander skated with Backstrom and Ovie at practice today. That would be a fun top line tomorrow night. Nylander has points in eight of his last ten games.