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Capitals Announce Opening Night Roster

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The Washington Capitals have determined the roster that will open the season tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at MCI Center, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

"We feel that we have assembled a team that will compete every night," said McPhee. "As a group this team emphasizes speed, work ethic and the character that you need to be successful."

Among the 25 players on the roster is goaltender Brent Johnson, acquired today on waivers from Vancouver. Johnson has played four years in the NHL with St. Louis and Phoenix before attending Vancouver's camp this season. Johnson has posted a 77-53-13 record in 151 career games with 12 shutouts, a 2.28 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

The Capitals made four other moves to reach the NHL's roster limit, assigning forward Miroslav Zalesak and defensemen Jakub Cutta, Mike Green and Lawrence Nycholat to Hershey in the American Hockey League. The roster includes two injured players - forward Chris Clark and defenseman Ivan Majesky - who will not be available for Wednesday night's game.

The opening night roster features 14 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Twelve of the 25 players are new to the Capitals organization since 2003-04 and are poised to make their Capitals debuts.
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