“Obviously it’s a hand injury,” Trotz said. “He’s going to be out until probably mid to the later part of March. No surgery. He’ll have plenty of games to get back.”
When asked if Burakovsky had any broken bones in his hand, Trotz replied, “I’m not a doctor. I’m going to say he has a hand injury.”
Five hours earlier, in an interview with DC101’s Elliot in the Morning, defenseman Brooks Orpik said Burakovsky broke his hand.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz had some bad news regarding Andre Burakovsky’s injured right hand. While speaking to reporters after practice Friday afternoon, Trotz revealed that Burakovsky’s hand injury is significant and will keep him out of action until mid to late March (four to six weeks).
In the first period, Andre Burakovsky blocked a shot with his right hand. Burakovsky returned to the bench, but would be unable to continue in the game. Burakovsky’s hand appeared badly bruised when captured by CSN Mid-Atlantic cameras, and the Swede grimaced in pain when Head Athletic Trainer Greg Smith flexed his hand.
After the game, Barry Trotz updated the media on Burakovsky’s injury and it does not sound good.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz spent the last part of his team’s off day back in the office.
Sitting courtside alongside Mystics’ Head Coach Mike Thibault, Trotz watched the Washington Wizards win their sixteenth-straight home game, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 116-108. John Wall had 33 points.
Washington Capitals forward TJ Oshie has an elaborate pregame warmup routine that most rational people might find strange. Oshie usually begins warmups by doing some intense puck juggling. Later he gets an undetermined amount of butt-slashes from Tom Wilson. Finally to leave the ice, Oshie skates full speed towards the tunnel and then does a long jump down the hallway.
Wednesday night, that very leap almost resulted in knocking his head coach, Barry Trotz, unconscious.
The Washington Capitals’ Scarlet Caps group hosted their annual Hockey ‘N Heels event Thursday evening at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Each rink at KCI was transformed into three stations: broomball, face-off practice, and goaltending lessons. Nate Schmidt and Daniel Winnik handled broomball on the Capitals Rink while Brett Connolly, Craig Laughlin and Craig’s daughter Courtney joined the games on the Arlington Rink. Philipp Grubauer, Mitch Korn, and Brent Johnson showed the Scarlet members the ways of a netminder. Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway and a few other volunteers acted as refs to drop the puck for face-offs.
After the on-ice sessions, the fans were treated to three different chats with Chef Robert Wood, Head Coach Barry Trotz (emceed by NBC4’s Amelia Draper), and alumni Johnson, Laughlin, and Langway.
On Tuesday, Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer led the Capitals to a nail-biting 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs after replacing a shaky Braden Holtby in the first period. On Thursday, however, Grubauer never came to mind, as Holtby managed a brilliant shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were going for an NHL record 17-straight wins in a single season. In fact, Grubauer wasn’t even on the bench most of the game.
“He was fine this morning, and then on his way here, he wasn’t feeling so good,” Caps head coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “We kept him in the back room. He was getting pumped full of fluids and stuff.”
On Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals, the Maple Leafs brought along around 30 dads, brothers, and father-in-laws for a highly-anticipated trip. This season, the Leafs, under second-year head coach Mike Babcock, have a “mandate” to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for their players.
“To have these dads along, I think this is how you treat people right,” Babcock said in an article by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. “It gives you an opportunity to thank your dad for what he’s done.”
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