By Donya Abramo
With the start of the regular season fast approaching, the Capitals made their latest round of cuts to the Training Camp roster on Saturday. An additional six players have been loaned to the Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey Bears, with a group of 18 players, and then another nine released previously.
The players loaned to the Hershey Bears on Saturday include forwards Shane Gersich, Beck Malenstyn, and Brian Pinho, defensemen Lucas Johansen and Colby Williams, and goaltender Vitek Vanecek.
The Capitals have loaned Shane Gersich, Lucas Johansen, Beck Malenstyn, Brian Pinho, Vitek Vanecek and Colby Williams to Hershey. Updated Training Camp roster: https://t.co/E8l6uMtxxN
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 28, 2019
With Vanecek being sent back to Hershey, the backup goalie position with the Capitals has narrowed down even further. It is now between Ilya Samsonov, who split a historic Bears season in net with Vanecek in 2018-19, and Pheonix Copley, who backed up starting goaltender Braden Holtby last season. Samsonov does not require waivers to be loaned to Hershey.
The Capitals released an updated roster for the players remaining following the latest cuts.
There is just one preseason game remaining before the Capitals regular season begins. They will travel to Carolina on Sunday to take on the Hurricanes, before locking in their Opening Night roster.
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