The Washington Capitals took the day off from practice on Thursday, but they were active on the transaction front. The team announced their claim of winger Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks and reassigned G Philipp Grubauer and F Casey Wellman to AHL Hershey.
Volpatti, 27, has recorded one goal and 28 penalty minutes in 16 games with Vancouver this season. The native of Revelstoke, British Columbia, ranked second on Vancouver in penalty minutes this season and has collected three goals, one assist and 81 penalty minutes in 54 career NHL games with the Canucks.
Volpatti plays much bigger than his 6’0″, 215-pound frame. He’s a willing checker — his 42 hits rank second among Vancouver forwards despite limited playing time — and he’s more than willing, and able, to tangle with fighters out of his weight class. He should bring an added element of toughness to the Caps fourth line. He is expected to join the team for practice on Friday.
Grubauer goes back to Hershey after recording 14 saves in Wednesday night’s relief appearance of Braden Holtby in the Caps’ 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Wellman practiced with the team as insurance but did not make an appearance while with the team.