Earlier this week the NHL and NHLPA agreed to a special waiver period that allows veteran minor-leaguers on non-entry level, two-way contracts to pass through waivers so that they can play in the American Hockey League in the event of a lockout.

On Thursday, the Capitals placed eight players who meet the criteria on waivers so they will be eligible to suit up for the Hershey Bears during a lockout. They were: Dany Sabourin, Patrick McNeill, Matt Clackson, Kevin Marshall, Ryan Potulny, Garrett Stafford, Zach Hamill, Ryan Stoa.

Without this window, which lasts until Sept. 15, those players would have been effectively been stuck in the NHL and unable to play in the AHL during a lockout. Under this exception, the players can be recalled to training camps when the stoppage ends without having to clear waivers.

Among players you would expect to see on the Capitals’ roster whenever the 2012-13 season starts, only Dmitry Orlov and Braden Holtby will be assigned to the Bears in the event of a lockout as neither would require waivers.

Marcus Johansson, on the other hand, will not be assigned to Hershey during a stoppage. While Johansson is on his entry-level contract, based on the number of NHL games he has played in (172, including both regular season and playoffs) he would require waivers.

The NHL and NHLPA also agreed to an exception that would allow teams to assign 2012 draft picks to their junior teams with the ability to recall them once a lockout ends. While this rules impacts some teams significantly, it’s highly unlikely the Capitals will bring any of their junior-level prospects up this year.

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