The Washington Capitals have cleared a roster spot today after Travis Boyd cleared waivers. The team assigned Boyd to the Hershey Bears of the AHL, giving them some additional cap space to prepare for Evgeny Kuznetsov’s return. The team is expected to recall Jonas Siegenthaler immediately, as he jumped on the ice as soon as Boyd was officially assigned.
Boyd, 26, played in 53 games for the Capitals last season, his first lengthy chance in the NHL. Though he only contributed five goals in that time, his 20 points were a nice surprise for a player who was getting fewer than ten minutes of ice time each night. Boyd does have a long history of offensive success in the minor leagues, and serves as a nice piece of insurance for the Capitals in case they face injury this season.
You wouldn’t normally associate an $800K salary with being too expensive to keep on the roster, but that’s the case in Washington where they are surviving barely under the cap ceiling. Players like Brendan Leipsic and Tyler Lewington who carry lower cap hits are holding on because of those numbers, while the team tries to navigate their daily expenses. Boyd is actually on a one-way contract, meaning even in the minor leagues he will still be earning the same amount. It would be surprising to not see him up with the team again at some point, though for now Hershey is getting a big boost.