Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Practice: Mar. 19
First off, from an administrative standpoint, the Capitals signed prospect Garret Mitchell to a tryout contract yesterday. For more info on Garrett and what he will bring to the Capitals organization, click here.
Mike Green and Jason Arnott did not skate with the team and are still working their way back from head and undisclosed injuries, respectively. Though Green is eligible to come off injured reserve as early as Tuesday, it seems unlikely that he will, given the fact that he has not had a full practice with the team since his injury. The timetable on Arnott, accoriding to Bruce Boudreau, seems to be 7-10 days. Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin both took an option day and were not present for the skate.
John Erskine returned to the ice after being sidelined for the last three games with flu-like symptoms. Semyon Varlamov also participated in practice again, thoroughly testing his injured knee with a series of flexibility drills and by taking shots. He may play in a game this upcoming week, although he did not look 100% and was moving gingerly for the latter part of practice. As a result of Varlamov's apparent recovery, Braden Holtby has been assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League.
Nicklas Backstrom was out on the ice after playing last night, certainly an encouraging sign that seems to indicate he is feeling no effects from his broken thumb at the moment. Tom Poti also continued to skate with the team for the full practice, although there is no current timetable (still) for his return to game action, as he is having issues with stops and starts.
Finally, as Michal Neuvirth's birthday is drawing nigh, Tweeps Abigail and Garrett made Neuvy a massive birthday cake, complete with mask, painted the same as the real thing. A real work of art!
That's all for now. Check back later.