Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists, and he missed his 10th game on Monday night. He injured his right hand blocking a shot against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 9. Burakovsky can’t be activated from long-term injured reserve until March 9, and he hasn’t practiced with the team yet.
The Capitals also re-assigned forward Paul Carey on Tuesday, and Trotz cited a “salary cap issue” as the reason why. With the post-trade deadline recalls of Carey and Jakub Vrana, Washington can make just two more recalls for the rest of the season, though an emergency recall wouldn’t count in those two.
The return of Carey also leaves Washington without an extra forward for the upcoming road trip. Trotz said that with the team carrying two extra defensemen in both Taylor Chorney and Nate Schmidt, Schmidt could play forward if the team had an injury while in California.