The accountability mantra continues for the Washington Capitals as Joel Ward will be a healthy scratch tonight against the Jets after missing a team meeting yesterday morning.
“I basically slept in, missed a team meeting so I’ve got to pay the consequences of not playing,” Ward said. “It’s part of the team rules, it was written. I just made the mistake of sleeping in.”
The Capitals held their first optional practice of the year yesterday but there was a team meeting prior to that session. Ward, 30, was sick earlier in the week but didn’t blame his tardiness on any lingering ill effects and said he simply didn’t set an alarm clock and arrived at KCI late.
“I understand,” Ward said. “It is what it is.”
Coach Bruce Boudreau said in previous instances he would have doled out fines to players for missing meetings unless it was “chronic.”
“You don’t want to do it; he’s a good player but the rules have got to be the rules for everybody,” Boudreau said. “It’s an unfortunate thing he overslept but he missed it. He understands the rules -- he’s a good team guy. He feels bad about it but he knows the rules.”
Ward being scratched means that both Alexander Semin and Mathieu Perreault will be in the Capitals’ lineup tonight against the Jets. As for the defense, John Erskine still isn’t ready to return after he fell on his surgically repaired shoulder so Jeff Schultz will remain in the mix.