Coach Bruce Boudreau said that he believes Semyon Varlamov, who has missed nine days of practice with a groin injury, will skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday and he's hoping that the 22-year-old goaltender will be ready within a week to 10 days.
"He knows his body a lot better than we do. He'll start off fairly slow but I expect within a week to 10 days, he'll be ready to play again," Boudreau said. "I would venture to guess [he's frustrated]. It's hard to read his emotions sometimes, but if I was him I'd be pretty frustrated. He works so hard, getting here Aug. 1, training and everything else and this happening to him....That's why we're taking a little longer with it so it never happens again."
Varlamov was the only regular missing from practice this morning, while the rest of the Capitals' injured players -- Marcus Johansson (hip), Tyler Sloan (hip) and Tom Poti (lower-body) -- all took part in the session.
--Sloan, who said he's been dealing with a little nagging hip flexor injury for a few weeks, made it through the duration of practice and Boudreau sounded optimistic that he could suit up against the Maple Leafs Wednesday. On the other hand, Sloan wasn't too sure himself.
--Johansson was wearing a gold jersey again today and didn't take part in the power play or penalty-killing drills and Boudreau said the rookie isn't ready to return quite yet. "Little steps. We don't want to bring him back and then re-hurt it and [have him] out three more weeks. We want to make sure he's right," Boudreau said.
--Poti left practice early and "is still pretty sore," according to Boudreau.