*this is a new weekly series I plan on providing to my readers. The plan is to have this up every Tuesday discussing the previous Mon-Sun week.*
Last week wasn't a great one for the Capitals. They began the week playing host to the worst team in the NHL, Carolina Hurricanes, before making their second trip of the season to the west coast to play the Sharks and the Kings. None of those games ended well for the Caps as they dropped all three games.
The Capitals started last week by trading a couple of players and assigning injured goaltender Semyon Varlamov to Hershey for a conditioning stint. They finish the week finding out that Varly injured himself playing in Hershey and will be out up to 2 weeks.
First the trade...Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina were sent to Columbus for winger Jason Chimera. It was a shock to many in the organization as Clark was the Caps captain and had been working his way back to regular minutes after missing time in recent seasons to injury. The Jurcina half of the trade was a little less surprising. Of all the defensemen on the roster he was the most expendable and was the most likely to find himself on the bench with Karl Alzner gaining more minutes with the big club.
Next up for the Caps are the Canadiens on Tuesday, the Senators on Thursday, and the Thrashers on Saturday.