Trying to improve their shaky goaltending situation, the Washington Capitals sent Dave Parro to their Hershey farm team yesterday and brought up Al Jensen to take his place.
Parro, who was slowed by a shoulder injury in training camp, is expected to be at Hershey at least two weeks and up to a month. "I'm trying to look at the long-range situation as far as goaltending is concerned," said General Manager David Poile.
"If Dave can go down for two weeks, a month and work with (Hershey coach and former Capitals goaltender) Gary Inness, maybe Gary can relate to him and get his confidence back up."
Parro, with a 1-3-1 record, started the season coming back from a bruised left shoulder suffered during training camp. The injury forced him to sit out most of the three-week camp.
"The last few weeks my shoulder has been good, but I haven't been in the groove," he said. "I haven't come up with the big saves."
Parro said the move was "a little disappointing," but added, "I hope to go down there, play a lot of games, get my confidence and come back (to Washington) as soon as possible."
Jensen, currently 4-2-0, has a 2.66 goals-against average.
On Saturday in Hershey, he stopped all 14 of Moncton's third-period shots, giving Hershey a 4-2 victory. Poile attended that game and was impressed.
"It's a combination of the fact that Dave is struggling a little bit and Al Jensen is playing very well," he said. "He played well in training camp; maybe on performance, he was the best one there."
Asked why the Capitals did not bring Jensen up at that time, Poile said, "Parro and (Pat) Riggin were both the No. 1 goalies on their respective teams last year. But when you miss training camp, it takes longer to get started."
Parro, whose goals-against average is 4.40, said yesterday that he is "in a good frame of mind," and thinks Inness can help him regain his form.
Inness agrees: "I see no problem with him. He's competitive, he always wants to learn, and he's too good a goalie not to bounce back."