ARLINTON, V.A. — While still recovering from wrist surgery, Joe Snively took the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex prior to Friday’s skate.
Per NBC Sports’ J.J. Regan, he was working with a skating coach, along with Lars Eller. Eller is healthy.
Snively last played on Feb. 28 but has been out with a lingering upper-body injury, which was then revealed to be a fracture to his scaphoid bone on his left wrist. He underwent surgery and has since been on the long-term injured reserve, saving the Capitals $750,000 in cap space. His timetable was 4-6 weeks.
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The Herndon, V.a. native and Little Caps alum is off to an outstanding start to his NHL career with three goals and four assists through 12 games. He was rewarded with a two-year, $1.6 million contract. Snively’s deal is a one-way contract, indicating that he will be a regular on the roster going forward.
Along with Snively, Carl Hagelin is also on the LTIR following two eye surgeries in March. He suffered a “serious” eye injury on March 1 after taking a high stick at the end of practice. Forwards Nic Dowd and Johan Larsson are also recovering from injuries, along with Trevor van Riemsdyk. TVR and Larsson are on the IR.
Filling in on the forward lines include fellow Hershey Bears call-up Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and new acquisition Marcus Johansson, who came over at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for Daniel Sprong.