The Washington Capitals have recalled winger Tom Wilson from AHL Hersey. To make room for Wilson, they’ve sent winger Chris Brown down.
Wilson played two games for the Bears, registering no points and five shots on goal. The rugged 20-year-old hurt his ankle this summer, and has been in recovery mode ever since.
The Caps’ next game is tomorrow versus Detroit (on NBCSN).
The Washington Capitals were once again losing in San Jose, until Chris Brown scored his first National Hockey League goal and put them back on even ground with the Sharks.
Brown tied the game at two goals apiece with under eight minutes remaining in the third period, before Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom scored in the shootout to give the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Sharks.
Now, the win in San Jose is significant. As the Washington Post reported, the Capitals had not won a game in San Jose since 1993! It also puts the Capitals right back into the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. They’re now up to 79 points, which ties them with the Detroit Red Wings, current holders of the second Wild Card spot.
The Capitals are ninth in the East, while the Columbus Blue Jackets fell all the way to 10th.
And just like that, Rostislav Klesla is back in Phoenix.
Klesla, waived on Tuesday and demoted to AHL Portland on Wednesday, has been recalled by the Coyotes without having played a single American League game, the club announced.
Forward Chris Brown was sent to the Pirates to clear a roster spot.
It’s unclear exactly what caused Phoenix’s change of heart. Klesla, a former first-round pick (fourth overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft) has been plagued by injuries this season — missing four games to a lower-body injury and three to a concussion suffered on a hit during a preseason game by L.A.’s Jordan Nolan — and was supposed to use the demotion as a chance to play big minutes, according to head coach Dave Tippett.
“He goes down and can get his game going,” Tippett told the Arizona Republic. “He came into camp in pretty good shape and got hurt, missed some time, came back and starting playing, got hurt again and missed some time.
“Hopefully this is an opportunity for him to go down and play a lot of minutes and see if he can get his game back in order and if that’s the case, he can be a helpful player on our team. But we just need him to be playing at a higher level.”
As mentioned, Klesla didn’t play a single second for Portland, making this situation all the more odd. There is some speculation a trade might be in the works (see here and here), but any team wanting to acquire Klesla could’ve done so by claiming him off waivers.
Klesla is in the final year of a four-year, $11.9 million deal originally signed with Columbus (he was acquired via trade in 2011.) The Czech rearguard has appeared in 15 games for the Coyotes this season, scoring three points while averaging 15:42 TOI per game.