The Washington Capitals re-assigned defenseman Tyler Lewington back to the AHL Hershey Bears on Monday morning, leaving the team with only six healthy defenseman on the active roster. Lewington was called up on Saturday for depth after Michal Kempny suffered a lower-body injury that will keep him out indefinitely.
The move was likely made due to salary cap constraints.
The Capitals are very close to the salary cap and would need to bank extra cash to be able to call up a longterm replacement like prospect Jonas Siegenthaler, who played 25 games earlier in the year.
They still have 6 d-men on the roster, but…
at 5pm ET today they'll have enough cap space to recall Ness
at 5pm ET tomorrow they'll have enough cap space to recall Lewington
at 5pm ET on Sunday they'll have enough cap space to recall Siegenthaler or Hobbs
… and so on 🙂
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) March 22, 2019
Washington’s next game is at Capital One Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes. They begin a three-game road trip later this week.
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The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Tyler Lewington to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Lewington, 24, appeared in two games for the Capitals this season. Lewington made his NHL debut on Dec. 22 against the Ottawa Senators and recorded his first two NHL points (1g, 1a) on Dec. 29 against the Senators. The 6’2″, 202-pound defenseman was also charged with a fighting major in the game, marking the first Capitals Gordie Howe hat trick in seven years (Troy Brouwer, Dec. 7, 2011 at Ottawa) and the first time by a Capitals defenseman since Kevin Hatcher (Feb. 10, 1991 versus Philadelphia).
The Edmonton, Alb., native has recorded 14 points (3g, 11a) in 57 games with Hershey this season. Lewington has also recorded 113 penalty minutes, which leads the Bears and is tied for seventh in the AHL.
Lewington recorded 11 points (2g, 9a) in 71 games with Hershey last season. Lewington ranked third in the AHL in penalty minutes (149) and third among Hershey defensemen in games played. Lewington is the only player in the AHL to rank in the top five in penalty minutes in each of the previous two seasons. In 232 career games with Hershey, Lewington has 48 points (12g, 36a) and 493 penalty minutes.
Lewington was drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round, 204th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft after spending four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
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