Updated: 7:24 p.m.
Less than a half hour after Coach Dale Hunter told reporters that the team had “not yet” recalled anyone from Hershey with veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun ill, the Washington Capitals announced they recalled goaltender Braden Holtby and enforcer Joel Reclicz from Hershey Monday night.
Given that Holtby will get the start against the San Jose Sharks at the Verizon Center less than two hours after the team announced the move, it appears as though he was preparing in the Capitals’ dressing room as Hunter denied any recall.
Michal Neuvirth told colleague Ben Raby Monday morning that he expected to start against the Sharks, given that Vokoun was still fighting the flu. Vokoun couldn’t play in New York on Sunday because of the illness and did not skate Monday morning.
While the addition of the two players pushes Washington’s active roster to 24, one above the maximum, the team does not need to make any corresponding moves because of a goaltender exemption.
According to the collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to exceed the 23-man roster limit by recalling a goaltender twice over the course of a season. The recall can last up to 48 hours and doesn’t require that the injured goaltender be placed on injured reserve.
In 32 games with Hershey this season, Holtby has a 18-11-1 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Meanwhile, Rechlicz rejoins Washington for a second stint in the NHL after signing a one-year contract with the team on Jan. 30. He appeared in two games during his previous appearance, playing a combined 4 minutes and 26 seconds and did not have a fight. Rechlicz, who has suited up for 29 games with the Bears this year, leads the AHL in penalty minutes (198).