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, September 17, 2011

Training Camp: Day One

The Washington Capitals hit the ice for the first time since May Saturday, beginning training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2011-12 season.  Some news and updates from Arlington:

General Manager George McPhee spoke to the media in the morning, and offered several status updates on players.  Most notable was defenseman Tom Poti, who failed his medical examination and will be placed on long-term injured reserve for the beginning of the year due to his groin injury.  This confirms what we all pretty much knew, that Poti is a long way away from contributing to the team.  McPhee also noted that Washington's medical staff will try a new rehab regimen with Poti, who has not been advised to undergo surgery.

McPhee also addressed the status of defenseman John Erskine, who underwent shoulder surgery in may and is "right on track" in his rehabilitation.  He is wearing a no-contact sweater, but McPhee does not anticipate the injury will force Erskine be placed on long-term injury reserve.
Dennis Wideman indicated that he is 100% healthy following last season's hematoma.  He is "ready to go."
Alex Ovechkin spoke to the media on his 26th birthday, being sure to reiterate what we already know: that the team has to work together this year, and that them all being in shape and focused is a great way to start the season. Ovechkin, for his part, did not look fat from the video that I saw, and seems ready to go in what needs to be a big season for him.  Nicklas Backstrom also gave Ovie a shaving cream pie for his birthday after his interview was over.  Classic.

That's all for today.

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