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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
It’s been more than a year since Tom Poti set foot in a game for the Washington Capitals. The veteran defenseman has not been with the team at all this season, but is trying to rehab a lingering groin strain on his own.
Based on comments from General Manager George McPhee, however, there doesn’t appear to be much optimism that he’ll return.
“Tom’s been working at it and improving but I don’t know if he’ll ever get to the point where he can play again,” McPhee told reporters Tuesday. “As I said in the summer, we weren’t counting on it.”
from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
Injured Caps defenseman Tom Poti failed his medical exam on Friday, according to GM George McPhee, and it does not sound like he’ll be contributing on the ice for the foreseeable future.
“I’m right where I was last year,” McPhee said when asked whether he remained pessimistic about the prospect of Poti returning this season. “I was concerned about whether he would be able to play again. That’s why we went out and signed [Roman] Hamrlik. I didn’t want to be short.
“Unfortunately,” he added, “he’s no further along.”
McPhee also said the Caps will put Poti on a new “program” but that he will not undergo surgery. Poti has not played since Jan. 12 because of a recurring groin muscle injury.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
As the Capitals added one free agent after another this offseason and inched over the salary cap ceiling of $64.3 million for the 2011-12 season, General Manager George McPhee has remained confident that the team won’t have problems complying with the limit.
Part of Washington’s flexibility comes from the team’s expectation that veteran defenseman Tom Poti, 34, won’t be ready for the start of the season. McPhee has stated numerous times that Poti, who was limited to 21 games in 2010-11 because of a lingering groin injury, may be fighting for his career and could start the season on the long-term injury list. If that’s the case, it would free up Poti’s $2.875 million cap-hit and make it easier for Washington to comply with the salary cap.
While the Capitals are preparing for Poti to be unavailable, Paul Krepelka, the defenseman’s agent, said Poti is still hoping to be ready for training camp in September.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Tom Poti signs two-year extension with WAS. $3M in 2011-12, $2.75M in 2012-13. Playing this season on last year of old deal at $3.5M.
In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.
(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)
Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!
It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.
Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).
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via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Tom Poti came out for warmups, but when I looked up a few moments later, the veteran defenseman had been pulled from the ice. I don’t want to speculate here, but it certainly is curious considering tomorrow is the NHL trade deadline.
I’ll update when I know more.
added 8:17pm, Tarik says groin injury.