The Washington Capitals are walking a salary cap tightrope this season, meaning that injuries can really complicate things whenever they happen. Today, in order to recall some reinforcements they were forced to place Richard Panik on long-term injured reserve. Panik will have to miss at least ten games with the upper-body injury he suffered against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jonas Siegenthaler is considered a game-time decision while the team recalled both Travis Boyd and Martin Fehervary with the additional cap space created by the Panik move.
Michal Kempny is also expected to return for the Capitals, who welcome in the New York Rangers tonight. Panik meanwhile will be out at least until mid-November after he collided with Siegenthaler and was forced from Wednesday’s game against the Maple Leafs.
It’s an unfortunate turn for Panik, who was already struggling to find his role in the Capitals offense after signing a four-year contract this summer. The 28-year old has yet to register a single point and actually saw his minutes greatly reduced even before exiting Wednesday’s game. With a $2.75MM price tag, the Capitals were relying on Panik to be a source of secondary scoring this season to replace the outgoing Brett Connolly, but so far nothing has gone right in 2019-20.