The Washington Capitals held a mini-fanfest at Verizon Center Thursday night, complete with an open practice. While the highlight of the evening might have been Troy Brouwer “dancing” Gangnam Style during the player Q&A with DC101’s Elliot Segal, the team’s opener is less than two days away in Tampa Bay against the Southest Division foe Lightning, so every chance at practice is another opportunity to soak in Adam Oates’ systems.
“I’ve got to compliment the guys because we’ve thrown a lot at them, myself and the other coaches,” Oates said. “We’ve talked to them a lot and they’ve handled it great, because it’s been a lot. It’s a lot in a short span of time, and I think they’ve done a great job with it.”
A minor bit of news that came out Thursday was that Tom Poti, who hasn’t played in an NHL game since Jan. 12, 2011, could very well be in Saturday night’s opening lineup. Poti was back with the Caps after a conditioning assignment with AHL Hershey and apparently passed with flying colors, including scoring a power play goal. “It was awesome,” Poti said Thursday. “It was fun to be playing hockey again. I was having a blast out there and I thank them for letting me come down there and working my game a little bit.”
Here’s raw audio from Thursday, including Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Mike Ribeiro, Roman Hamrlik and Tom Poti.