WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals are sending Joe Snively back to the Hershey Bears to continue his recovery.
Washington assigned Snively to Hershey on a long-term injury conditioning loan on Wednesday. The DMV native is still recovering from wrist surgery he underwent back in March and recently started skating with the group again in a non-contact jersey.
Snively will get the chance to continue skating with the Bears and ultimately, work back toward game action as the team compete in the Calder Cup Playoffs. He is eligible to play in the team’s first-round playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.
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The 26-year-old impressed through the first 35 games of the season in Hershey with 38 points, and injuries earned him a call-up to the big club. Snively had an outstanding start to his NHL career, posting four goals and three assists through his first 12 games. He is the first Virginia-born player in Capitals franchise history.
Back in March, Snively inked a two-year extension with Washington. It is a one-way deal, meaning that the 26-year-old could be a staple on the Capitals roster going forward.