Washington Capitals have designated goalie Phillip Grubauer to the AHL Hershey Bears. Â The move puts Washington back to two goalies on the roster, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. Â Previously, Grubauer started 14 of the last 20 games for Washington.
Grubauer has struggled his past two games, being yanked early in both contests. Â During those two games,Â he allowed six goals on 22 shots combined, giving way to Holtby in both games. Â In 16 games this season with the Caps, Grubauer is 6-4-5 with a 2.38 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Â Still, something had to give way. Â The Caps could not continue to carry three goalies on the active roster. Â Grubauer was the choice, mainly because he could be sent backÂ to the AHL without waivers.
The Capitals also waived defenseman Steve Oleksy today. Â The two moves together open two roster spots. Â In terms of this move, it is actually kind of mind boggling. Â Oleksy is a serviceable defenseman. Â Not sure what Oleksy did to be the scapegoat of a five game losing streak. Â Yet, Connor Carrick remains with the Caps. Â Carrick could easily use more seasoning in Hershey.
The moves could also indicate a potential move. Â The Caps are marred in a five game losing streak and looking for additional answers. Â No doubt, with the Caps slipping further and further behind, you would think there would be increasing pressure on Caps GM George McPhee. Â The Caps have made roster changes and have changed coaches several times, but the club appears no Â closer to any kind of consistency in winning. Â That’s on McPhee. Â The latest in the debacle was the deadline trade that sent prospect Fillip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat. Â Washington is the obvious loser in that trade.
Hold on tight.