The Washington Capitals were finally on ice Sunday morning for their first formal skate after the lockout, as training camp for the 2013 season got underway. Some news and notes from a packed Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Defenseman Tom Poti, who is attempting a comeback following two years lost to injury, has passed his physical and has been sent to Hershey of the AHL for a conditioning stint as he tries to break the Caps' lineup. If healthy, the stable, reliable Poti could be a big boost to a top-heavy Washington defensive corps.
Late Saturday night, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that forward Brooks Laich is expected to miss the first week or two of the season because of a groin injury suffered while playing abroad. This was confirmed by the lines, as Laich was absent. The units were as follows: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Johansson, Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Beagle-Ward/Wilson, and Hendricks-Perreault-Crabb/Fehr.
Defensive uberprospect Dmitry Orlov was also absent ...