Caps Assign Alzner to Hershey

December 07, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Karl Alzner to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Alzner, 21, is a second-year pro who stands 6’3”, 206 pounds. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native has two assists in five games with the Capitals this season. Alzner has played 19 games for Hershey this season and has one goal, three assists and only four penalty minutes. His +14 rating is tied for third in the AHL.

(Comment: With Tom Poti back and now Shaone Morrisonn’s likely return on defense plus the fact that Mike Knuble can come off of long term injury on Wednesday and add in no resolution to the Michael Nylander situation the Caps not only have roster problems but also salary cap problems. Thus they are forced to send down a defenseman that came up from Hershey and helped the team go 5-0 during that stretch. Hang in there, Karl, your day will come.)