Caps sign d-man Strachan

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Washington has found a defensive depth replacement for Jeff Schultz, agreeing to terms with journeyman blueliner Tyson Strachan.

The deal, first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, is of the two-way, one-year variety. No word yet on monetary compensation.

Strachan, 28, was Carolina’s fifth-round pick in 2003 and has spent time with both the St. Louis and Florida organizations, appearing in 120 career NHL contests.

His best season was the 2013 lockout-shortened campaign, when he emerged as a regular with the Panthers.

Strachan posted career highs in games (38), points (four) and time on ice per game (18:58), leading the team in hits (110) while finishing third in blocked shots, with 62.

With Washington, Strachan will likely battle for one of the final spots on the blueline.

The Caps currently have six defensemen under contract for next season (Mike Green, John Carlson, John Erskine, Jack Hillen, Tomas Kundratek, Steven Oleksy) and still have to reach a new deal with RFA Karl Alzner.

Young prospects Cameron Schilling, Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov could also be in the mix.

Wild lose Graovac (groin) for 2-3 weeks

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After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.

Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.

At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.