Yo, Savage, there you go again Caps send wing back to Skipjacks


Reggie Savage said last week that he has felt like he's been on a roller coaster this season because he has been up and down between the Washington Capitals and the Skipjacks.

Yesterday, he probably felt more like a yo-yo. After being with the Capitals for just six days, Savage learned he was going to Baltimore for the third time.

Defenseman Jason Woolley also was reassigned to the Skipjacks.

The move of Savage, a right wing, comes as a surprise given Capitals coach Terry Murray's comment Saturday that Savage had earned an extended look with the parent team.

"You shouldn't read anything into this in terms of how Reggie is playing," Murray said.

"It's primarily because of the schedule."

The Capitals play three games, including tonight's game against the Quebec Nordiques at the Capital Centre, between now and Feb. 7, and a four-day break for the NHL All-Star Game. During that period, the Skipjacks have six games. Murray said the Capitals will assess their personnel and watch Savage in Baltimore.

"And then we'll make a decision about where we want him to be for the rest of the season," Murray said. "He has done OK here. In Buffalo, he got in late in the game when we really needed a goal and he did a pretty good job of jumping on the puck. Maybe it will develop that we can use him in situations that are his strength."

Murray said Woolley is also being sent down to keep him playing. The coach added it is all part of a long-range effort to sort out the Capitals roster, find its strengths and position the team "to be the best we can in March, April and through the playoffs."

The Capitals have until March 20, the trade deadline, to determine how they want their roster to look as they head toward the playoffs.

Capitals tonight

Opponent: Quebec Nordiques

Site: Capital Centre, Landover

Time: 8:10

TV: None

Radio: WMAL (630 AM)

Tickets: 1,200 available

Outlook: The Capitals have lost four of their past six, but coach Terry Murray says the team simply needs to tighten up fundamentally, pick better spots for the defensemen to jump up on the offensive break, and read the opposing team's rush better. Calle Johansson (ribs) still is sore. The last time these two met, in Quebec, Washington won, 6-4. Quebec will be without LW Valeri Kamensky (broken ankle), G Jacques Cloutier (ankle) and D Craig Wolanin (groin).

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