Wednesday morning, the Washington Capitals re-assigned forward Zach Sanford back to AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. The move comes as the NHL’s holiday roster freeze was lifted after the three-day Christmas break. Since his call-up back to Washington, Sanford played in one game and was a healthy scratch a majority of the time.
“He’s on the ice,” Barry Trotz Trotz explained to the Washington Post before the holiday break. “He’s seeing what we’re doing, just taking in that whole process. I think it’s good. Right now, if he was in Hershey, he wouldn’t be skating. He’d be at home, and I think there’s more benefit for him to be here. We feel that if a certain role opens up, that’s where he’ll go in.”
According to the Hershey Bears, Sanford will join the team in Syracuse for their game Wednesday night.