As the Capitals prepare for a shortened 2012-13 season, it’s clear the return to NHL game action will require adjustments from each player to a varying degree.
My story for Tuesday’s paper took a look at how the Capitals players, as well as strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, are preparing for the quick turnaround, given the disparate levels of game condition and varied training approaches from player to player.
Of the 24 players under contract heading into training camp, 13 haven’t played a game in eight to nine months. The other 11 have played anywhere from five to 35 games in other leagues, whether in Europe or North America.
It’s also interesting to note that of the nine defensemen under contract, only one — Dmitry Orlov, who has missed the past month with Hershey because of an upper body injury — has played any games since the end of the 2011-12 season.
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