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Andre Burakovsky won't travel with Caps, after all

Andre Burakovsky won't travel with Caps, after all

Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky won’t be accompanying the team to California, after all.

A day after saying that he might travel and resume practicing with his teammates this week, Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that he has decided it would be best for Burakovsky to stay in Washington and work with the Capitals’ training staff.

“We only have one practice and one morning skate in five days, so I think it’s more beneficial for him to be here with” strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, Trotz said.

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Burakovsky suffered a broken hand on Feb. 9 and has been sidelined since. The 22-year-old has missed the past 10 games and will have missed 13 contests by the time the Caps return from the West Coast.

The Caps leave Wednesday for a five-day trip that makes stops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Trotz went out of his way to say that the decision to leave Burakovsky behind was not related to a lack of progress.

“He’s on [a] perfect timeframe,” he said. “There’s no setbacks or anything. He’s actually doing quite well.”

With Burakovsky staying behind, the Caps are only taking 12 forwards on the trip. Extra defenseman Nate Schmidt could fill in at forward if needed, Trotz said.

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Hello Old Friend: Marcus Johansson returns to Kettler ... as a Devil

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Hello Old Friend: Marcus Johansson returns to Kettler ... as a Devil

The Capitals had to say goodbye to several talented players and fan-favorites this offseason. 

Marcus Johansson was one of those players, as the Capitals traded the Swedish forward to the Devils for a second and third-round draft pick in order to clear up cap space to make room for Evgeny Kuznetsov's eight-year contract extension.

So you can imagine the surprise when Johansson returned to the Capitals' facility at Kettler IcePlex on Wednesday to workout with his former teammates on the ice.

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Now, it's not at all surprising to see former teammates workout together. But it was a bit surprising to see Johansson rocking the Capitals' colors once again.

You will notice that Johansson was wearing Devils gloves and Devils pants. After all, the Devils have yet to have an organized practice, so while he could probably get his hands on some gloves and pants, practices jerseys may not be issues until a bit later.

Also, it's not like Johansson can stop by his local DICK's Sporting Goods to pick up a practice sweater.

Johansson will make his first official return to Washington, D.C. when the Capitals host the Devils at the Capital One Arena on Saturday, Dec. 30.

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Braden Holtby — the skater — is a sight to behold

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Braden Holtby — the skater — is a sight to behold

Braden Holtby is an elusive guy.

The 2015-16 Vezina Trophy winner might be large in stature, but keeps to himself. When you do see him, he's typically covered in layers of goalie pads or briefly chatting with the media following a game.

So imagine the surprise to see Holtby take the ice at Kettler IcePlex well before training camp begins with zero goalie pads on.

That's what took place on Monday morning. As several players hit the ice for some unofficial workout sessions, there was the 6-2 Saskatchewan native strolling onto the ice, with a regular stick, regular skates, regular gloves and Andre Burakovsky's helmet.

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Frankly, it was a bit odd to see Holtby skate up and down the ice.

Maybe it's because we're used to seeing him in the crouch position. or maybe it's because we actually see his entire figure, not just a pile of leather pads.

But even goalies need to work on non-goalie skills. The more familiar you are with position players, the better you will be to stop them from scoring.

But man, seeing Holtby skate like a forward sure does take some time to get used to. 

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