Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was a healthy scratch on Saturday night.
The Capitals did not practice on Sunday, and on Monday the club announced Johanasson missed practice with an upper body injury.
While Johansson’s availability for Tuesday night’s game against the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., remains unclear, trade rumors are beginning to swirl about the 22-year-old Swede.
Johansson has one power-play goal, four shots and is a team-worst minus-7. He has been a healthy scratch in three of the Capitals’ 12 games.
Capitals general manager George McPhee said last week he has not had trade discussions with Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, who attended a game between the Capitals and Penguins.
There are a few other prominent NHL players who have been made healthy scratches in recent games, including 6-foot-10 Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers and 6-foot-7 Rangers center Brian Boyle.
While Johansson sat out Monday’s practice Brooks Laich participated in line rushes, skating as an extra forward on a line with Jay Beagle, Joey Crabb and Matt Hendricks.
Johansson not on the ice for Capitals
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