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Aaron Volpatti jumps to Caps’ top line with Ovechkin, Backstrom

Mar 15, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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A couple of weeks ago, Aaron Volpatti was on waivers. Tomorrow afternoon, he’ll be on the Capitals’ top line.

That’s the word from the Washington Times, which reports the physical winger that the Canucks recently tried (and failed) to send to the minors will be skating with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin against the Bruins in Boston.

Playing with two offensive-minded players presents a big challenge for 27-year-old Volpatti, who’s played just 58 career NHL games.

“Obviously I’ve got to be good defensively with those two guys,” he said. “If I’m the high guy I’ve got to make sure I stay the high guy. I’m just going to try and be physical and create some room for them. Don’t change too much here.”

Volpatti had an assist, his first point as a Cap, and four hits in Thursday’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory in Carolina.

  1. colby7 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Rise of RatBurger!

  2. bigoldorcafromvan - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Good for you Aaron but I wished you were still a Canuck.

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    ………………. *Sigh* ……………..

  4. brianforster - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    this is no surprise, oates has been trying to find a grinder to compliment the top line all season.

  5. capsfan19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Ha i mean why not! Might as well!

    Trade schultz.

    • ravenscaps48 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM


  6. thomaspratt - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Yeah, well, he’s no Tom Sestito…or Steve Pinizzotto…

    ..hmm, Canucks fans heads are going to explode, aren’t them?

  7. kaptaanamerica - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Good for him. Canucks fans like myself know he wouldn’t have been able to move up the lineup here like that.also for what we need Pinizotto brings more to the table. Hit a guy last night and sent him flying four feet into the boards and then best him down in a fight.

  8. vanindeed - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Good for Aaron but if he’s on your top line you’re in trouble.

  9. withseidelinn - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Oates is out of his mind

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