The Capitals have agreed to terms with Evgeny Kuznetsov on a two-year entry-level contract.
The wait is over Capitals fans. After picking Kuznetsov 26th overall in the 2010 NHL draft, they have finally got him to North America. The 21-year-old had eight goals and 13 assists (21 points) in 31 games in the KHL this season. He is high-energy, highly-skilled prospect that can make an early impact if he adjusts well to the NHL game. He will practice with the Capitals on Sunday and likely play on Monday.
The Capitals have recalled Casey Wellman from Hershey (AHL).
Wellman will be in Washington by game-time and is expected to play tonight. Expect Wellman to centre the Capitals second line with Dustin Penner and Troy Brouwer on his wings. Wellman has two goals and one assist in 10 games with the Capitals this season.
Laich sat out Thursday's game, likely to rest his nagging groin ailment. However the Capitals will see how Laich is feeling during the morning skate on Saturday and then decide if he will play against the Coyotes.
Halak was a Buffalo Sabre for one game, he sat on the bench holding a clipboard, before being dealt to the Capitals on Wednesday. Halak was not given a chance to make his Caps debut on Thursday, but it will come on Saturday vs. Phoenix. Halak was 24-9-4 with a 2.23 GAA and .917 SV% in St. Louis, but the Caps defense is noticeably less talented.
The Capitals have recalled Cam Schilling from Hershey (AHL).
Schilling will slide into the lineup vs. the Bruins with John Erskine sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Schilling has just one NHL game under his belt, tonight will be his first of this season. He has three goals and nine assists (12 points) in 51 games with Hershey.
The Capitals would not pinpoint what is ailing Erskine, but it is likely related to his fight with Vincent Lecavalier on Wednesday. The fight earned him a game misconduct. He will be replaced by Cam Schilling.
There is no word on what is ailing Laich, if anything, but he is already on his way back to D.C while the Capitals are getting set to play in Boston. The recently acquired Chris Brown will take Laich's spot in the lineup.
Holtby was yanked in the second period after allowing four goals on 18 shots in a loss to the Flyers on Wednesday. Despite the ugly outing and the acquisition of Jaroslav Halak at the deadline, the Caps will turn to Holtby again tonight in Boston. Holtby won his only start vs. the B's this season.
The Capitals have recalled Chris Brown from Hershey (AHL).
Brown was acquired by the Capitals in the Martin Erat deal on Tuesday. He had 14 goals and 21 assists (35 points) in 51 games with Portland (AHL) but had no points in six games with Phoenix. Philipp Grubauer has been sent back to Hershey (AHL) as a corresponding move.
The Sabres have traded Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick to the Capitals for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla.
Halak has gone 24-9-4 with a 2.23 GAA and .917 SV% with the Blues this season. He will go to the Capitals, a team he single handedly shutdown the Capitals in the 2010 playoffs. He will battle with Braden Holtby for crease time.