Bruce Boudreau made Eric Fehr a healthy scratch for the Capitals' 7-2 win over Calgary on Saturday, and neither coach nor player was in much of a mood to talk about the decision Monday morning after the Capitals' first practice since.
"I haven't talked to anybody," Fehr said. "If I get a jersey for the next game, I just have to work hard and produce for our team."
Fehr had been noticeably struggling before the benching, tallying just one assist in the Capitals' previous seven games. The right wing has just two goals and two assists in 10 games this season after he finished with a career-high 21 goals and 18 assists in 69 games last year.
Boudreau wouldn't specifically say why he sat Fehr, or what Fehr needs to do to get back in the lineup. "That's between me and Eric," he said. "I'll talk to Eric about it."
Fehr was back skating with the third line next to Jason Chimera and Boyd Gordon during practice Monday, and it could be that Saturday was simply a one-night wake-up call.
Boudreau said the Caps' depth at forward allows him to sit guys out for a night when they aren't producing, and Fehr said this situation is all about how he responds.
"We have a lot of forwards," Boudreau said. "You can't always sit the same guys."