The wait paid off for defenseman Joel Edmundson, who finally played his first game in a Washington Capitals jersey on Saturday.
Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, the 30-year-old veteran logged more than 21 minutes on the ice to help his new team to a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The one who in numerical inferiority had a total of 2 min 18 s was tormented by numerous injuries in recent years, especially his back. Then hand surgery he suffered in September forced him to wait before the start of the season.
However, Edmundson says he’s ready to look forward and happy to return to competition, especially since he has the opportunity to play for Alexander Ovechkin’s club. Moreover, head coach Spencer Carbery’s team is having good moments with four consecutive victories. Now the goal is to help his team climb the ladder. Washington ranks third in the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League.
“No, not at all,” he replied when asked by MSN if he said he was surprised by his usage time. It was about being fit enough to play and I’m happy. It’s a workout that works a lot and it’s very exciting to see. I am happy to be a part of all this. The boys were understanding in the dressing room and it’s good to be back.”
It’s not fancy
Currently #6 skates alongside Nick Jensen on the second defense pairing. Regardless of who his partner is, he intends to continue using the recipe that allowed him to play long in the Bettman circle.
“I just want to be a stable defender. I’m not fancy at all. I just want to make life difficult for opposing attackers by trying to frustrate them, advocate a robust style and help our goalkeeper. Maybe there will be an attacking sequence here and there, but that’s not in my repertoire. I want to make an impact here,” he told The Hockey News a few weeks ago.
The Caps will host the Buffalo Sabers on Wednesday.