Saturday night, former Capital and Winter Classic Hero Troy Brouwer will return to Verizon Center for the first time since being traded to the Blues for TJ Oshie. Which is why several hours earlier it was completely appropriate that two other former Caps, Eric Fehr and Mike Green, played against each other.
Green and Fehr both scored. Both players were on the ice for both goals, and both goals were ugly.
The Capitals-Ducks game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, then rescheduled to 5 PM, then postponed altogether on Friday afternoon. But how about the nationally broadcast Caps-Pens game, which is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday?
The NHL will announce their decision on if that game will be cancelled on Saturday morning. Considering the Penguins have a game that day and would have to travel into DC later that night, it seems unlikely to happen.
In the 477th game of his NHL career, Eric Fehr just participated in his first fight. The former Cap/current Penguin/author of The Bulliest Dozer dropped gloves with the eminently punchable Brandon Dubinsky during Pittsburgh’s game against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
On October 29, the all-time leader in outdoor goals, Eric Fehr, returned to Verizon Center for the first time since signing with the Capitals’ hated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fehr, injured and unable to play in the game, was saluted by the team with a tribute video.
Last night, Fehr got to suit up for the first time against his former team. The Penguins rubbed salt in the wound by reminding us about it at every turn.
The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.
Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.
I have some bad news to report. Former Washington Capitals third-line center and awesome human being Eric Fehr has joined the dark side (along with Steve Oleksy), signing a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I also touched on the Caps’ depth forwards who would find themselves in the top six if poor play or an injury left a void there.
The Caps could stand to acquire some more scoring depth, but that’s an issue for another day. Today, we’re shifting focus to the Caps bottom six, specifically the third-line center role. Eric Fehr, who apparently won’t be re-signed, has been the team’s primary third-line center over the past two seasons.
But this isn’t Brian MacLellan’s Cup-winning team, it’s mine.
Unlike a top-six winger, the Caps can likely find a third-line center either internally or via free agency. Here are some of the options.