One of the minor victories for the players in the NHL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is a new rule which states that all players not on entry-level contracts are entitled to their own hotel rooms when teams are on the road.
That has been the case for the Capitals, who will complete their first extended road trip [three-night stay in Ottawa and Toronto] tonight against the Maple Leafs.
“It’s nice for the older guys who may want their privacy,” said Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer.
The Caps have just three players on their current roster on entry-level contracts – forward Marcus Johansson, defenseman Tomas Kundratek and goaltender Braden Holtby..
“I think some of the older guys like [Jason Chimera] were a little teed-off that they had to wait that whole time [for individual rooms] and now everyone gets them,” Joey Crabb said. “It’s kind of funny that it’s worked out that way and I’m obviously happy.”
Crabb had grown accustomed to having roommates in the AHL and had no issues with the two roommates assigned to him when he played in Toronto – Tyler Bozak and Fredrik Sjostrom.
“At first I didn’t think I was going to like [having his own room]. I wouldn’t have anybody to talk to about what I’m watching on TV like I did before,” Crabb said. “But we’ve already had a road trip here and I’m getting used to it pretty quick.”