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Capitals Finalize Season-Opening Roster

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have finalized the roster that will open the season tomorrow night in Boston, where the Capitals begin the 2009-10 campaign against the Bruins at 7 p.m. (VERSUS, 106.7 The Fan).

Washington recalled left wing Boyd Kane from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) Wednesday and assigned goaltender Michal Neuvirth (NOY-vihrt) to the Bears. Left wing Chris Bourque was claimed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two players – right wing Eric Fehr and left wing Tomas Fleischmann – will open the season on injured reserve.

The 25-man roster, including Fehr and Fleischmann, includes 22 players who played for the Capitals last season. Kane, right wing Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison are the newcomers; Kane re-signed with the Capitals as a free agent this summer so only Knuble and Morrison are in line to make their Capitals debuts tomorrow.

Kane, left wing Quintin Laing, defenseman Tyler Sloan and goaltender Semyon Varlamov have made an NHL opening-night roster for the first time in their careers.

Washington’s top five point scorers and top six goal scorers from 2008-09 return, as well as its top two goaltenders and eight of its top nine defensemen by games played

2009 Washington Capitals Roster

FORWARDS

#PlayerHt.Wt.ShootsBornBirthplace2008-09 Club League(s)

19BACKSTROM, Nicklas6’1” 210Left11/23/87Gavle, SwedenCAPITALSNHL

10BRADLEY, Matt6’3”201Right6/13/78Stittsville, OntarioCAPITALSNHL

17CLARK, Chris6’0”198Right3/8/76South Windsor, ConnecticutCAPITALSNHL

16FEHR, Eric6’4”212Right9/7/85Winkler, ManitobaCAPITALSNHL

14FLEISCHMANN, Tomas6’1”212Left5/16/84Koprivnice, Czech RepublicCAPITALSNHL

15GORDON, Boyd6’1” 200Right10/19/83Unity, SaskatchewanCAPITALSNHL

34KANE, Boyd6’2”229 Left4/18/78Swift Current, SaskatchewanPhiladelphia/PhiladelphiaNHL/AHL

22KNUBLE, Mike6’3”230Right7/7/72Toronto, OntarioPhiladelphiaNHL

21LAICH, Brooks6’2”200Left6/23/83Wawota, SaskatchewanCAPITALSNHL

53LAING, Quintin6’3”193Left6/8/79Rosetown, SaskatchewanCAPITALS/HersheyNHL/AHL

9MORRISON, Brendan5’11”185Left8/15/75Pitt Meadows, British ColumbiaAnaheim/DallasNHL

92NYLANDER, Michael6’1”200Left10/3/72Stockholm, SwedenCAPITALSNHL

8OVECHKIN, Alex6’2” 233Right9/17/85Moscow, RussiaCAPITALSNHL

28SEMIN, Alexander6’2”208Right3/3/84Krasnojarsk, RussiaCAPITALSNHL

39STECKEL, David6’5”217Left3/15/82Westbend, WisconsinCAPITALSNHL

DEFENSEMEN

4ERSKINE, John6’4”220Left6/26/80Kingston, OntarioCAPITALSNHL

52GREEN, Mike6’1”204Right10/12/85Calgary, AlbertaCAPITALSNHL

23JURCINA, Milan6’4”236Right6/7/83Liptovsky Mikulas, SlovakiaCAPITALS NHL

26MORRISONN, Shaone6’4”217Left 12/23/82Vancouver, British ColumbiaCAPITALSNHL

2POTHIER, Brian6’0”200Right 4/15/77New Bedford, Mass.CAPITALS/HersheyNHL/AHL

3POTI, Tom6’3” 197Left 3/22/77Worcester, Mass. CAPITALSNHL

55SCHULTZ, Jeff6’6”227Left 2/25/86Calgary, AlbertaCAPITALSNHL

89SLOAN, Tyler6’3”204Left 3/15/81Calgary, AlbertaCAPITALS/HersheyNHL/AHL

GOALTENDERS

60THEODORE, Jose5’11”185Right9/13/76Laval, QuebecCAPITALSNHL

40VARLAMOV, Semyon6’2”209Left4/27/88Samara, RussiaCAPITALS/HersheyNHL/AHL

Roster as of Sept. 30, 2009.

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