Though there will be plenty of debate over how the players were punished for gathering in a hotel room, the fact is the Capitals will now have to navigate the next part of the schedule without several key players.
With four players on the COVID absence list, the Washington Capitals made two moves for insurance for Friday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Capitals recalled goalie Craig Anderson and assigned 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael to the taxi squad.
The Washington Capitals returned to practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Thursday following a day off on Wednesday. The Capitals play their home opener on Friday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena.
The Washington Capitals have found themselves in hot water and without four of their best players. Reports breaking this evening have Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov on the NHL’s COVID protocol list.
The NHL fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Details were not provided, but the league noted players were involved in social interactions while not wearing masks.
Photo: NHL.com The NHL announced on Wednesday evening that the Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols. The violation involved social interactions among team members who were in close contact without wearing masks.
The Washington Capitals’ season-opening, four-game road trip was certainly a mixed bag, at times showing why the Caps are in the mix for the Eastern Division title in this shortened season, and at other times putting on display the problems that plagued in the second half of last season.
Entering the 2020-21 NHL season, the Washington Capitals received unfortunate news when newly signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had to suddenly forfeit the season due to a heart condition requiring immediate surgery.