Tag: Michael Latta

Tom Wilson, Zach Sill

Caps sign tough guy Sill to one-year, two-way deal


Washington has brought in someone to lessen Tom Wilson and Michael Latta’s fight load — Zach Sill, who announced his one-year, two-way deal to the Truro Daily News on Wednesday.

“They came with an offer and it was a good one,” Sill said. “I think there’s a good chance I’ll be able to play there. They have a good strong team and it looks like a good situation to go into.”

The 27-year-old split last season between Pittsburgh and Toronto, finishing with four points in 63 games… and nine fights. Sill’s willingness to drop the gloves should make Washington an even feistier team next year; the Caps were tied for the eighth-most fighting majors (31) last year, thanks in large part to Wilson (who fought 12 times — once against Sill!) and Latta (who fought eight).

No word yet on the financial details of Sill’s deal.

Ex-B’s enforcer Robins retires: ‘No way I was ever going to risk getting hit in the head again’

Boston Bruins Vs. Philadelphia Flyers At TD Garden

Bobby Robins’ colorful career has come to an end.

This week, the longtime AHLer — who made headlines this year for making the Bruins out of training camp at age 32 — announced his retirement, after missing nearly all of last season to a concussion suffered in his NHL debut.

Now recovered, Robins said the decision to walk away was easy.

“Hockey is what I know. It’s what I do. But after getting my head banged up like that, it was — no pun intended — a no-brainer for me,’” Robins said, per the Providence Journal. “I couldn’t do it anymore. After the lowest points that I experienced, to where I am now, where I feel like myself again, there was no way I was ever going to risk getting hit in the head again or going through that again.”

Robins, who also moonlit as a blogger during his professional career, suffered a concussion in this fight with Flyers d-man Luke Schenn:

He later admitted he played through a concussion without notifying trainers or medical staff of his condition.

“After that first game, looking back, obviously I should have said something and sat out, but I would have literally played through anything at that point,” Robins told the Journal. “I was almost in denial, thinking it would go away, and it never did.

“I’m pretty sure it happened in the fight with Schenn. I kind of felt like I got my bell rung or got dinged in the head — in my line of work it happens more often than not. That’s just kind of how I felt. I got right on the plane (after the game) and went to Detroit thinking it would go away in the morning, like it always had. Then that morning when I woke up in Detroit, it was still there. I was like, oh man, but I would have played right to the death.”

Robins, now 33, appeared in one more game after that Detroit tilt — a 4-0 loss to Washington in which he fought again, this time against Michael Latta — and was demoted to AHL Providence shortly thereafter. He appeared in a few games for Providence, then sat out entirely after facing Worcester on Oct. 18.

Robins spent most of his time away dealing with headaches and vision problems, but is now over those symptoms.

“I’m back to my old self, finally,” he said. “[Wife] Sam and [daughter] Libby are very happy to have their husband and dad back.”

After sitting three straight, Glencross to play for Caps tonight

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders - Game Three

The Washington Capitals are going with veteran experience over youth for tonight’s Game 7 against the Islanders.

Trade deadline pickup Curtis Glencross, who’s been a scratch for the last three games, will draw back in tonight — likely at the expense of rookie Michael Latta.

Glencross, 32, wasn’t much of a factor in the opening three games of this series, going pointless with a minus-3 rating. That included a forgettable effort in a 4-3 win in Game 2, during which he received just over seven minutes of ice time after being on for two of the Islanders’ three goals.

He hasn’t been a tremendous fit in Washington, period. Though his production through 18 regular season games was decent — four goals and seven points — he only averaged 12:36 TOI under head coach Barry Trotz, way down from the 16:41 he got with Calgary prior to the trade.

It’ll be interesting to see if Glencross can give the Caps anything tonight, in what will be the 13th Game 7 in franchise history.

Caps’ Fehr to miss Games 4 and 5 after Okposo hit

Washington Capitals play the New York Islanders in game 3 of the first round of the NHL playoffs

The Washington Capitals will be without Eric Fehr for the next two games of their opening-round series against the Islanders, following this hit from New York forward Kyle Okposo in Game 3:

Fehr, 29, is listed with an upper-body injury.

While he failed to score through the first three games of the series, Fehr did average over 15 minutes per and has been a steady contributor for the Caps this year, scoring 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games while emerging as a solid third-line checking center.

No confirmation from Caps head coach Barry Trotz on who’d replace Fehr in the lineup, though speculation suggest it’ll be Michael Latta.

Game 4 goes on Tuesday at Nassau.

Caps injury update: Green possible vs. Stars, Beagle doubtful, Orpik out

Calgary Flames v Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz updated the media on the laundry list of injuries currently plaguing his hockey club.

The good news is defenseman Mike Green, who suffered an upper body injury in the Caps 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on the weekend, is a possibility tonight when Washington hosts the Dallas Stars.

Green missed the Capitals 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

“I want to be able to play, play heavy, play strong, play firm,” Green told The Washington Post. “If I can’t, then waiting one more day there where I can makes more sense. Especially this time of the season.

“I just want to be ready for that. The injury I had last game, just needs a few days and we’ll be good.”

Forward Jay Beagle, who absorbed a hit from Rangers’ defenseman Dan Girardi on Wednesday is “very doubtful” for tonight’s game according to Trotz.

Alex Prewitt reports Beagle was favoring his left shoulder following the hit.

“I think he thought with the injury he’s got, it’d be better served to shut him down right now, or [Wednesday] night, I should say, then give him a better chance to come back quicker,” Trotz said. “At the end of the day, we always think about the player first. I don’t think it’ll be too long. It’s not something that’s weeks. It won’t be too long.”

Defenseman Brooks Orpik missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after aggravating a lower body injury during practice on Tuesday. Orpik did not practice on Thursday and is not expected to play tonight.

“I expect him to probably maybe possibly skate [Friday] on his own,” said Trotz. “That’s the last thing I’ve heard. I think that’s the plan, that he’ll probably skate tomorrow. He’s not going to play.”

Dmitry Orlov, who has not played this season while recovering from wrist surgery, is expected to finally get game action soon.

The 23-year-old will likely be sent to Hershey of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

“That’s something we’re talking about with Dmitry on a more regular basis than we have in the past,” he said. “I probably would say that you could expect something in the near future.”

John Erskine skated for the first time on Thursday following neck surgery in October. The defenseman skated on his own for roughly 30 minutes, but is still experiencing pain.

Forward Michael Latta (upper body) is questionable for tonight.