Phillip Grubauer sent down to Hershey

Washington Capitals have designated goalie Phillip Grubauer to the AHL Hershey Bears.  The move puts Washington back to two goalies on the roster, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.  Previously, Grubauer started 14 of the last 20 games for Washington.

Grubauer has struggled his past two games, being yanked early in both contests.  During those two games, he allowed six goals on 22 shots combined, giving way to Holtby in both games.  In 16 games this season with the Caps, Grubauer is 6-4-5 with a 2.38 GAA and a .926 save percentage.  Still, something had to give way.  The Caps could not continue to carry three goalies on the active roster.   Grubauer was the choice, mainly because he could be sent back to the AHL without waivers.

The Capitals also waived defenseman Steve Oleksy today.  The two moves together open two roster spots.  In terms of this move, it is actually kind of mind boggling.  Oleksy is a serviceable defenseman.  Not sure what Oleksy did to be the scapegoat of a five game losing streak.  Yet, Connor Carrick remains with the Caps.  Carrick could easily use more seasoning in Hershey.

The moves could also indicate a potential move.  The Caps are marred in a five game losing streak and looking for additional answers.  No doubt, with the Caps slipping further and further behind, you would think there would be increasing pressure on Caps GM George McPhee.  The Caps have made roster changes and have changed coaches several times, but the club appears no  closer to any kind of consistency in winning.  That’s on McPhee.  The latest in the debacle was the deadline trade that sent prospect Fillip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat.  Washington is the obvious loser in that trade.

Hold on tight.