Saturday, the Washington Capitals made two significant moves, both with an eye towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hunky piece of man meat (and longest tenured DC athlete) Brooks Laich was put on waivers, a transaction designed to give general manager Brian MacLelllan roster and cap flexibility ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. The Capitals also announced that defenseman John Carlson had undergone a procedure on a nagging injury and will be lost for three to four weeks. As of this posting on Saturday night, Carlson is on injured reserve, but if he’s placed on the long-term IR, it would take his salary cap hit of nearly $4 million off the books (according to the Washington Post).
Saturday night, Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Caps have entered the D market due to Carlson’s injury. He elaborated during his Saturday Headlines feature on Hockey Night In Canada.