As training camp draws closer, more Capitals are making their return to Washington. A total of 19 players skated this morning at the team’s training facility in Arlington this morning.
Brooks Laich was among the new arrivals but was on the ice for less than an hour as he worked out primarily alone, testing an apparent injury. The Capitals utility forward reportedly suffered an adductor injury while playing in Switzerland. Laich appeared in 35 games for the Kloten Flyers, recording 17 goals and 38 points.
Veteran defenseman Tom Poti, who hasn’t played a game since Jan. 12, 2011, because of a lingering groin problem and fractured pelvis, is also skating this morning. Poti hopes to pass his physical and take part in training camp, but earlier this week General Manager George McPhee called it a “longshot.”
There are a total of five newcomers taking part in the informal skate: Laich, Poti, Joel Ward, Joey Crabb and AHL defenseman Cam Schilling.
Mike Green, who skated the previous three days this week, is not on the ice with the rest of his teammates. Nicklas Backstrom, who visited a specialist in Michigan Wednesday about the injury he suffered in Russia, is back in town but is not skating either.
The only healthy players yet to make an appearance at KCI are goaltender Michal Neuvirth, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and Wojtek Wolski.
So, for those keeping track at home, here’s the full list of players skating this morning: Laich, Poti, Ward, Crabb, Schilling, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine, Jack Hillen and Braden Holtby.