WASHINGTON — After beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Monday, the Washington Capitals announced a late-night transaction, assigning defenseman Lucas Johansen to the AHL's Hershey Bears.
The roster freeze was at midnight, and it may mean good news for the team with regard to their injured blueliners.
Johansen was playing the role of the seventh defenseman with Martin Fehervary and Alex Alexeyev dealing with upper-body injuries. Both have been on the IR.
However, Fehervary joined the team in a blue non-contact jersey on Monday and stayed on the ice for the morning skate, and Alex Alexeyev also skated in a blue sweater on Monday after the main practice. So, Johansen going down could mean good news to come on the injury front if there's no need for another D-man.
Fehervary has not played since Dec. 3 against the Calgary Flames., when he appeared to hurt his hand or arm after taking a hard hit from Milan Lucic. Alexeyev has been out since taking an elbow to the head from Jamie Oleksiak in the Dec. 9 game against the Seattle Kraken.