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Capitals training camp roster down to 26 players after four more cuts

Coach Barry Trotz during Washington Capitals training camp. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

The Capitals started training camp with 65 players and 20 days to whittle down the roster to no more than 23. On Thursday afternoon, Washington cut four more players to get the roster down to an even 26 players before the last two preseason games.

The Capitals have sent forward Travis Boyd, goaltender Pheonix Copley and defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Tyler Lewington down to the American Hockey League. Those four players didn’t need waivers to be re-assigned. After those moves, Washington has defensemen Madison Bowey, Aaron Ness and Christian Djoos competing two open roster spots on the blue line.

Assuming the Capitals intend to carry just one extra forward, they can keep four forwards from a group of seven that includes Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Anthony Peluso, Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson. Vrana can be considered a lock to make the team, and Chiasson has made a strong case to receive a contract after joining the team on a professional tryout. The Capitals released veteran defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from his professional tryout on Tuesday.

Over the weekend, Trotz cautioned that roster decisions were “for now,” and players cut could always be recalled to Washington later. This list will update as the Capitals continue to trim their training camp roster.

Here’s who has been cut from camp:

  • F Travis Boyd
  • F Riley Barber
  • F Zach Sill
  • F Liam O’Brien
  • F John Albert
  • F Mathias Bau
  • F Garrett Mitchell
  • F Mason Mitchell
  • F Tim McGauley
  • F Hampus Gustafsson
  • F Chris Bourque
  • F Dustin Gazley
  • F Wayne Simpson
  • F Kevin Elgestal
  • F Garrett Pilon
  • F Beck Malenstyn
  • F Damien Riat
  • F Kristian Marthinsen
  • F Robbie Baillargeon
  • F Jimmy DeVito
  • F Mark Simpson
  • F Stephen Collins
  • F Tanner Jeannot
  • F Brendan Semchuk
  • D Jonas Siegenthaler
  • D Tyler Lewington
  • D Jyrki Jokipakka
  • D Colby Williams
  • D Lucas Johansen
  • D Connor Hobbs
  • D Kristofers Bindulis
  • D Dmitri Zaitsev
  • D Tommy Hughes
  • D Hubert Labrie
  • G Parker Milner
  • G Vitek Vanecek
  • G Adam Morrison
  • G Adam Carlson
  • G Pheonix Copley