WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Capitals made a couple of roster moves on Sunday prior to their early evening tilt with the Dallas Stars. Washington recalled forward Brett Leason from the AHL’s Hershey Bears, while re-assigning Mike Vecchione.
Vecchione played on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes, helping fill in for an injured T.J. Oshie, who is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He skated just 5:06, but dished three shots on goal and helped generate pressure.
In the same game, the Capitals also saw Nic Dowd and Trevor van Riemsdyk suffer apparent injuries, but their statues are unknown. Meanwhile, Lars Eller remains on COVID-19 protocol.
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Leason, meanwhile, last played up with Washington on Feb. 17 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has appeared in 35 NHL games this season, dishing three goals and three assists. Down in Hershey, the 6-5, 218-pound winger picked up two goals and two assists in 15 games.
It is unclear whether or not Leason’s call-up comes from the Capitals needing a longer-term or more versatile lineup option with Oshie out. Vecchione had been an extra forward to have on hand with Washington facing a heavy schedule over the past week. However, he had to slot in as the No. 12 option when Oshie drew out.
The Capitals also have the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline coming up in just over 24 hours.