“It’s that last 10 percent I’m waiting for, taking a little bit longer than I hoped,” Volpatti said in late October. “I don’t have a timetable, but it feels good. Like I said, the last month it’s been hard to get over that plateau, that last 10 percent. That patience is being tested. It’s one of those things where I have to make sure it’s fully healed. I’ve been dealing with it for a long time right now. Can’t keep going the way I have. Just really got to make sure, especially with contact, that’s the biggest thing.”
Claimed off waivers from Vancouver in February 2013, Volpatti has logged 137 penalty minutes over 112 career NHL games, including 58 with the Capitals. Whenever Volpatti returns to Washington, he would become the 14th healthy forward, provided no injuries occur before then. Coach Barry Trotz has already expressed a preference for carrying 13 forwards, which recently caused Liam O’Brien, a fourth-line grinder of a similar ilk, to get reassigned to Hershey. Volpatti, however, would need waivers to remain with the Bears beyond his conditioning loan.
“Just want to put it behind me,” he said. “Make sure it’s fully healed so I don’t have to deal with it anymore.”