Press Release from the Washington Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Jay Beagle from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Alzner is a second-year pro who stands 6’3”, 206 pounds. The Burnaby, British Columbia, native has played in 21 games for Washington this year and has five assists. He has three goals and 16 assists in 54 games for Hershey this season and is third on the team with a +35 rating. Alzner has played in 51 career games for Washington and has one goal, nine assists and only 10 penalty minutes.
Beagle, who Washington signed as a free agent in March 2008, stands 6’3”, 204 pounds. The Calgary, Alberta, native has played in six games for the Capitals this season and recorded his first NHL assist on Nov. 17 at the New York Rangers and his first NHL goal on Nov. 23 at Ottawa. Beagle has 16 goals and 19 assists in 65 games for Hershey this season. He has played in nine NHL career games for Washington and has one goal and one assist.
COMMENT: As I mentioned on Sunday after the Caps clinched the Presidents’ Trophy, I thought GM George McPhee and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau would get together and map out a plan to rest players. Last night they smartly scratched Mike Green and by bringing up these two players it is clear that more are going to sit against the Penguins tonight (730pm on VERSUS). I think resting players in meaningless games for Washington is absolutely the right thing to do. For Alzner though, this is an important stint because both Tyler Sloan and John Erskine have not performed well lately so this is #27’s chance to show that he is the more viable option as the 7th defenseman should there be injuries in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.