As I alluded to in Sunday’s post Ottawa game blog, something was up with Captain Chris Clark (he had been scratched in four of the last 7 gams) and now we know why: he needs surgery on his wrist and will miss the rest of the regular season for the Washington Capitals. Clark’s operation is scheduled for Thursday and the guy who scored 30 goals in the 2006-07 season only has 1 goal and five assists in 32 games this year.
This move is something that was necessary because #17 was not getting it done in the lineup and he was eating up valuable salary cap room (around $2.6M this year). This move gives GM George McPhee some flexibility now with the trade deadline only 30 days away (March 4th). Also, defensemen Karl Alzner, who I consider to be the team’s third best defensemen, can now be recalled from Hershey at any time if Washington wants to carry seven defensemen. Mike Green and Tom Poti are the number one and two, respectively, then after that you have Shaone Morrisonn, Jeff Schultz, John Erskine, and Milan Jurcina. Based on ice time played this year, Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau has Alzner ahead of the last four guys I mentioned so one would think bringing up #27 is the right thing to do. But Alzner does need to play, and play a lot since he is only 20 years of age, so it will be interesting to see what Boudreau and McPhee decide to do. Personally, I think he belongs in the NHL at this time playing 18 to 20 minutes a game.
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