Copley was on the ice with the Capitals as part of Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports. Copley will primarily serve as a practice goalie once the Capitals get back into game action, as it would take an injury to Braden Holtby or Ilya Samsonov in order for Copley to dress in a postseason contest.
Copley was placed on waivers Wednesday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. The Capitals will be in a salary cap crunch once Evgeny Kuznetsov (suspension) returns to the lineup, so Copley's $1.1 million cap hit is a luxury they can't afford at the moment. Moreover, management is likely curious to give top prospect Ilya Samsonov some work at the NHL level given that starter Braden Holtby is a pending unrestricted free agent likely headed for a big payday. The 27-year-old Copley was a serviceable backup in 2018-19, posting a 2.90 GAA and .905 save percentage behind a 16-7-3 record in 27 starts, so it's certainly possible another team will take a flyer on him.
Copley will start in net for Monday's preseason game versus the Blackhawks, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports. Coach Todd Reirden said Copley will play the entire game. The 27-year-old backstop is expected to improve on last year's marks of a .905 save percentage and 2.90 GAA, especially since it's decision time in Washington with Braden Holtby playing in the final year of his five-year, $30.5 million contract.
Copley made 21 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. He allowed two goals. Copley has a strong record -- he's 16-7-3 in 24 starts. But his 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage aren't encouraging. Copley's record is influenced by team play, but the Caps couldn't muster much Saturday.
Copley will command the crease in Saturday's home game against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. A particularly important nugget from Gulitti -- as relayed by head coach Todd Reirden -- is that Copley is going to play the full game. That's not always an apparent distinction for starting netminders at this time of year, and fantasy owners should consider exploiting the advantage in daily formats. Copley is 16-6-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .904 save percentage through 26 games; he'd previously only appeared in two contests over a pair of seasons with the Blues. The Capitals have already clinched the Metropolitan Division, while the Isles are only three points back.
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