Friday, March 6, 2009

Why Was Poti A "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" Last Night?

Here's an interesting tidbit from Japers' Rink, one of the premier Capitals bloggers. Why did Capitals Defenseman Tom Poti skate the first 7 seconds of the game last night, when he (probably) already knew he wouldn't be able to stay in the game? Why didn't Coach Bruce Boudreau just call up another D from Hershey prior to the start of the game to take Poti's place? Turns out there was a good reason: by playing in the game and then going on injured reserve status, Poti enables the Caps to make an emergency call-up to replace him. The reason that is important is that NHL teams are only allowed to make 4 call-ups after the trade deadline, but emergency call-ups don't count toward the 4.

Sounds like a wise move, but it sure would be nice to see Poti fully recovered from his nagging groin injury and be back in the game to stay. He's an important part of the Caps' defense, a great puck mover and capable of moving defenders away from the net.

Capitals 4 Kids did not know about the post-deadline call-up restriction. It's always fun to learn something new, especially about hockey. Thanks for the info, Japers'!

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