November 22, 2019

Washington Capitals Assign 21 Players to Hershey Bears

Capitals Assign 21 Players to Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned 21 players to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and loaned forward Tom Wilson to Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

The players assigned to Hershey, Washington’s AHL affiliate, include forwards Mike Carman, Stanislav Galiev, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Mattias Sjogren, Matt Clackson, Zach Hamill, Ryan Potulny and Ryan Stoa; defensemen Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling, Dustin Stevenson, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford; and goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin.

In addition, Washington has loaned Wilson to Plymouth (OHL).

The 11-time Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears will celebrate their 75th AHL season in 2012-13, and are scheduled to open training camp on Sept. 30.

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mattias Sjogren – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

PHOTOS: Washington Capitals Practice, Sept. 14

We went over to Kettler Iceplex on Friday, September 14 to watch the Washington Capitals practice, for what may be the last time for a while.

Word spread quickly about the re-signing of John Carlson. Brooks Laich spoke to media after practice about the potential lockout.

Here are a handful of photos from practice for those that couldn’t make to Kettler.  There were 16 Caps on the ice for an hour. As always, please feel free to comment on the post. I really appreciate feedback. Thanks.

Matt Hendricks – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Marcus Johansson – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mike Ribeiro – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jay Beagle and Jack Hillen – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Joel Ward – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nicklas Backstrom – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Joe Crabb – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Michal Neuvirth – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

John Erskine and Joel Ward – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brooks Laich – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jason Chimera – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Joel Ward – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals re-sign John Carlon for six years – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Game pucks – Captials practice at Kettler, September 14, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Washington Capitals recall Mattias Sjogren from Swedish Elite League

Mattias Sjogren at Caps Convention in Fall 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

In quite the surprise move, the Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday they recalled center Mattias Sjogren from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League.

The 24-year old center was loaned to Farjestad on Nov. 30 and recorded nine points (3 G, 6 A, 22 PIMs) in 28 games. Sjogren added four points (2 G, 2 A) in 11 playoff games, tied for fourth on his team.

Sjogren, 6’3”, 220, appeared in 19 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season and recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in his first professional season in North America before being loaned to the SEL.

Capitals General Manager George McPhee had some very pointed words back in November for the Swedish center after Sjogren opted to return to his native country to play this season instead of finishing the season with Hershey.

“It’s probably a mistake. He needs to develop here and wasn’t prepared to make the commitment to do so. When we signed him,we told him we had a job available and promised him we’d give him a look this year. His training camp wasn’t good enough to keep him at the start of the year and he was developing okay, but I guess he got impatient and decided to go home. And if you’re going to quit on us you might as well go.”

Sjogren’s agent inflamed things further, making a statement on Twitter that the Capitals had “promised he would not be sent to the AHL for more than a few games.” McPhee responded to that statement saying, “You can’t promise anyone a job in the NHL. You can promise them a great  look and give them an opportunity. We told him we’d give him an opportunity this year, but you’ve got to earn that job.”

With those comments as a background, it seems an unlikely situation that Sjogren would be recalled for the NHL playoffs, yet that’s exactly what has happened.

Sjogren has a big body with willingness to mix it up, but his skating is not on a par with NHL talent. The guess here is the Caps brought Sjogren back as a practice body, maybe allowing Cody Eakin to got back to AHL Hershey to play in the Calder Cup playoffs for them. Sjogren is not eligible to play for Hershey since he was not on their cut-down day roster.

It seems highly unlikely, and only under the most dire of needs, that Sjogren would make his NHL debut in the playoff series against Boston.

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Capitals coverage on Twitter @CapitalsDSP.

Capitals pare roster; Send down Eakin, Sjogren, Orlov

Cody Eakin skates at Kettler during training camp. (photo by Cheryl Nichols)

The Washington Capitals re-assigned forwards Cody Eakin and Mattias Sjogren, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov to Hershey of the AHL, per multiple sources.  All three were fighting for ice time with more NHL-experienced players and will be expeceted to lead the Bears in their journey to the Calder Cup playoffs, though they will all be on the short list to return to D.C. should the situation call for it.

With these cuts, forwards Matthieu Perreault and Jay Beagle will break camp with the big club.

As of now, the Caps will carry 14 forwards and seven defensemen, though with Tom Poti headed to Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) and John Erskine perhaps not quite ready to start the season as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery, the club may recall a defenseman to have seven healthy, active blueliners. [Read more…]

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