The Washington Capitals started training camp with 65 players and 20 days to whittle the roster to no more than 23. On Thursday afternoon, Washington cut four more players to get the roster down to an even 26 players before the last two preseason games. The Capitals sent forward Travis Boyd, goaltender Pheonix Copley and defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Tyler Lewington down to the American Hockey League. Those four players didn't need waivers to be reassigned. After those moves, Washington has defensemen Madison Bowey, Aaron Ness and Christian Djoos competing for two open roster spots on the blue line. Assuming the Capitals intend to carry just one extra forward, they can keep four forwards from a group of seven that includes Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Anthony Peluso, Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson. Vrana can be considered a lock to make the team, and Chiasson has made a strong case to receive a contract after joining the team on a professional tryout. The Capitals released veteran defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from his professional tryout Tuesday.