Training Camp: Day 1

The Washington Capitals hit the ice for the first time since May Saturday, beginning training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2011-12 season.  Some news and updates from Arlington:

General Manager George McPhee spoke to the media in the morning, and offered several status updates on players.  Most notable was defenseman Tom Poti, who failed his medical examination and will be placed on long-term injured reserve for the beginning of the year due to his groin injury.  This confirms what we all pretty much knew, that Poti is a long way away from contributing to the team.  McPhee also noted that Washington’s medical staff will try a new rehab regimen with Poti, who has not been advised to undergo surgery.

McPhee also addressed the status of defenseman John Erskine, who underwent shoulder surgery in may and is “right on track” in his rehabilitation.  He is wearing a no-contact sweater, but McPhee does not anticipate the injury will force Erskine be placed on long-term injury reserve.

Dennis Wideman spoke to the media and indicated that he is 100% and “ready to go” following his hematoma last year.

Alex Ovechkin spoke to the media on his 26th birthday, being sure to reiterate what we already know: that the team has to work together this year, and that them all being in shape is a great way to start the season.  Ovechkin, for his part, did not look fat from the video that I saw, and seems ready to go in what needs to be a big season for him.  Nicklas Backstrom also have Ovie a shaving cream pie for his birthday after his interview was over.  Classic.

 That’s all for today.