ARLINGTON, VA–The Washington Capitals players held their second day of informal practices without coaches as they prepare for the likely start of training camp on Sunday.
The players that skated today were: Braden Holtby, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Jack Hillen, Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera, Mike Ribeiro, Jay Beagle, John Carlson, Matt Hendricks, Alex Ovechkin & Jeff Schultz.
The Caps confirmed a Russian Machine Never Breaks report that Nicklas Backstrom was in Michigan seeing a specialist. It is unknown what kind of specialist Backstrom was seeing, but Backstrom hasn’t skated since suffering a “neck bruise” during a KHL game December 26th and Caps doctors can’t take a look at him until the CBA is officially ratified, likely on Saturday. Backstrom missed 40 games last season due to a concussion.
“Hopefully nothing is too serious and it’s not going to drag out too long,” Caps forward Troy Brouwer said on Backstrom’s possible injury.
Brouwer has been in touch with Backstrom throughout the lockout and was keeping him informed with everything that has been going on.
The Capitals can’t comment on the health of a player or even take physicals of players until the CBA is ratified. Also the Caps coaches can’t be on the ice and coach players until that is taken place.
Troy Brouwer compared this to an in season coaching change as Adam Oates only talked with the players a few times before the lockout.
”That is going to be tricky,” Brouwer said on learning the new system in only a few days without any preseason games.
The Caps will likely start training camp on Sunday and start regular season games the following Saturday.
“I’m sure we’re going to be up to speed in no time,” Matt Hendricks said on learning a new system in a few days.
Hendricks also said he found out about the end of the lockout by a text message from Jason Chimera at 5am last Sunday while ice fishing in Minnesota.
Listen here to what Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks had to say following practice today.
Troy Brouwer Practice Audio
Matt Hendricks Practice Audio