The Washington Capitals have announced that they have retroactively placed defenseman John Carlson on injured reserve (IR).
Carlson, 25, can be activated at any time. The move gives the Washington Capitals – 22 active roster players, this way when Mike Richards officially signs his deal with the team there will be room for him to join the active roster.
Carlson is out with an undisclosed injury and has missed the last five Capitals games, though Washington Head Coach Barry Trotz still remains hopeful that the defenseman will be cleared to play this weekend when the Capitals take on the Rangers Saturday.
In 34 games played this season for the Washington Capitals Carlson has six goals and 21 assists for 27 total points along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus five rating.
Currently, Carlson is 4th in scoring for the Capitals, behind forward Evgeny Kuznetsoc, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alex Ovechkin.
Last season, the 6’3” 215-pound American defenseman put up 12 goals and 43 points and 28 penalty minutes in 82 games, earning a plus 11 rating.
Carlson was originally selected by the Washington Capitals 27th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.