Andrew Gordon was sent packing while Brad Marchand awaits his fate as teams continue to whittle down their lineups for today’s NHL roster deadline.
The Washington Capitals made Gordon, a Porters Lake native, one of their final cuts yesterday, placing him on waivers for the purpose of reassignment to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
“It’s always a tough day telling a player he’s not ready to play here, or he may have to go through waivers,” Caps general manager George McPhee told the Washington Post. “That’s the toughest part of the job, and today was as difficult as any day we’ve had doing it.”
Gordon, a 24-year-old who was an AHL all-star last season, had a goal and an assist in three pre-season games with the Capitals.
Marchand, meanwhile, played his third pre-season game against the Liberec White Tigers in the Czech Republic yesterday, lining up with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton in a 7-1 win. He has one pre-season goal. The Bruins are expected to decide between Marchand, 22, and tryout tough guy Brian McGrattan for their final forward spot.
Rosters must be set by 4 p.m. today.