Good morning Bears Nation!
Following the Capitals’ 6-2 blitzing of the New York Islanders yesterday at Verizon Center, preparations were being made to whittle down the big club’s roster to the 23-man limit (which must be in place by Wednesday).
Today, the Caps announced another large group, with five of six ultimately headed to Hershey:
Stephenson is here practicing with the Bears this morning, while O’Brien has not arrived yet.
Ness and Stanton will be nice veteran additions to the relatively younger Hershey blue line, assuming they clear waivers.
The players remaining in Washington camp that are on two-way contracts are forwards Sean Collins, Chris Brown and Stan Galiev. Brown is nursing an injury; Galiev has reportedly gotten better through camp; and Collins, well, let’s just say has been outstanding. No surprise, either – he was up with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a few weeks in each of the last three seasons.
Derek Roy was the Caps’ NHL-veteran tryout whom I thought had a decent camp. Justin Peters, Braden Holtby’s backup in an injury-shortened (and number-of-Holtby-starts-dominated) season last year, is on his way to Chocolatetown – confirming what most thought to be the other half of the projected tandem in net (with Dan Ellis).
Having two goaltenders with 292 combined games of NHL experience certainly can’t hurt in Hershey. However, expectations (as they always are) will be high, seeing as how rookie Pheonix Copley had such a remarkable season in 2014-15 and Philipp Grubauer won 27 other games.
The Bears will make corresponding moves in the next day or so to make room on their roster as well and to provide the South Carolina Stingrays with more players for their camp opener.
By the way, our thoughts and prayers are with all those experiencing the record flooding in the Palmetto State. The Rays even had to cancel their opening day of camp because of this awful weather.
I’ll have the updated Bears roster on here tomorrow, as we wait for word off of the waiver wire.
Have a great day!