Joey Crabb cleared waivers Saturday and has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
Coach Adam Oates explained that when it came time for the Capitals to make a roster move that would allow for them to activate top defenseman Mike Green from injured reserve Thursday, depth at right wing made Crabb expendable.
“With Ovi moving over to the right we have more right wingers than left and [Crabb was the] odd man out,” Oates said Friday.
Although Crabb will play in the AHL, the Capitals will still carry a salary cap hit of $50,000 from his one-year, one-way $950,000 this season under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Moving forward, the Capitals could summon Crabb back to the NHL at any time because re-entry waivers have been eliminated in the new CBA.
Crabb, 29, played 26 games for the Capitals primarily in a fourth-line role. He recorded two goals and a minus-1 rating while averaging 9:25 of ice time per game.