Opening Night Roster takes shape

Today marked the final round of cuts for the Washington Capitals. It is still to be seen whether the players cut today clear waivers by tomorrow, but the Capitals are down to a 24-man team. Here are some notable roster keeps.

SEAN COLLINS
Though he wasn’t playing top line minutes or providing a lot of offense, Collins impressed Barry Trotz and management enough to play on Opening Night.

PHILIPP GRUBAUER
I saw this one coming when he started Game 2 against the Islanders last playoffs. Justin Peters has been sent to Hershey and Grubauer will likely warm the bench for over 60 games. Not the best for his development, but Braden Holtby is the clear starter. Barring catastrophe, Holtby and Grubauer should get a healthy 62/20 split.

STANISLAV GALIEV
He played the last two games of the regular season in 2014-15 and made the team after getting singled out by Trotz before the Boston game. Galiev could easily be sent back to Hershey once Nicklas Backstrom or Chirs Brown returns, but it’s good for his development to play a few games on the NHL level.

MICHAEL LATTA
He has a simple goal this year: play in every game. Latta knows what it takes to be in the lineup consistently, especially after sitting out so many games last year as a healthy scratch.

TAYLOR CHORNEY
With Brooks Orpik potentially not playing Opening Night (wrist), Chorney could get the start. That said, once Orpik is back to 100% he wil find himself in the press box most nights as a healthy scratch.

DIMITRY ORLOV
After a full year away from competition, Orlov will jump right back into the NHL. If he cannot keep up with the pace for some reason, there is no shortage of talented defensemen in Hershey waiting to take his place.

The 24-man roster has 15 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaies. According to generalfanager.com, the Caps have $36,541 in salary cap space. Considering Backstrom and Brown will start the season injured, more roster moves are likely to come once they are healthy.

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About Max Wolpoff

Journalism student at Boston University ('19), lifelong fan of the Washington Capitals, beat writer and occasional broadcaster for the BU Women's Ice Hockey team. If you ever need him during the week, Max is probably studying for something.
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